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[April 24, 2008]  A challenge for area students to read over 300 minutes in a two-week period has been issued to all Lincoln Community High School feeder schools by Usborne representative Jennifer Keith. Students will gather pledged money and Usborne Books will return the amount to the students and their schools in books -- a 100 percent return guarantee.

Already West Lincoln-Broadwell's entire student body and Darla Rohrer's second-grade class at Chester-East Lincoln have accepted and begun the challenge. Students will compete in this read-a-thon, receiving pledges and, over a two-week period, reading 30 minutes each school day. At the end of the reading period, they will then select books that total 50 percent of the earned money. The school's teachers and library staff will choose books to fill the remaining half of the pledged money.

"It's a win-win situation for schools," Keith said. "Every penny pledged is returned to the schools in high-quality educational books from Usborne. I challenge every school to take on this endeavor. If kids read more when they are younger, they are more likely to continue reading and enjoy it as they grow."

Keith, also an LCHS English teacher, knows the value of kids liking to read as they enter high school. "Reading is connected to writing, which is connected to all forms of communication," she said.

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"Not only do students who read often, read better and more challenging material, but they also write better and speak better and become better community members and successful at their jobs," Keith added.

If four or more feeder schools take on the challenge as WL-B does, Keith will personally reward the most successful school, based on percentage of participants, with an additional $500 in books for their school library or classrooms.

"Usborne is such a great advocate for literacy and makes it so easy to help all people get great books," Keith said. "I would love to see all feeder schools participate and compete to earn these books, which will definitely help students get through the summer months ahead."

Interested parties should contact Keith at 605-0143 or check out her Usborne site at

[Text from file received from Jennifer Keith]

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