Book Bank is a voluntary incentive reading program designed to promote extracurricular reading among Divine Child Elementary School students. The school year is divided into 6 reading periods. Students in grades 1-6 are challenged to read 500 or more pages per reading period. First through third grade students may include pages read to them during class or at home. Students in grades 7-8 are challenged to read 300 or more pages per reading period and choose a month to write a book report on their favorite book. The best report will be published in a bound book sponsored by Henry Ford Community College as a keepsake.
At the beginning of each reading period students will receive a DC Book Bank Reading Record. Students should circle the date of the reading period and write their name and homeroom number on the page as soon as possible. As the month progresses they should write the title, author, and number of pages of the books they read on the Book Bank Reading Record. Parents must sign the Reading Record at the end of the period for the pages to be recorded.
At the beginning of the year each homeroom will choose a charity. The homerooms within the same grade level compete against each other every reading period to see who can read the most. The homeroom with the most pages receives $5 (donated by DCPG) that will be donated to the charity of their choice.
Students in grades 1-6 who have read the required 500 pages are also entered into a random drawing within their homeroom. Two students from each homeroom will win a $10 gift certificate at Michigan-based Borders (donated by DCPG) each reading period. A detailed drawn picture will get the students a Michigan-based pizza coupon. Students in grades 7-8 who have read the required 300 pages are also entered into a random drawing to receive one monthly $15 iTunes gift card within their homeroom.
The day the Book Bank Reading Records are turned in a story is read over the TV and the ending is left out. Students are challenged to choose "What Happens Next?" from 3 choices. A winner is chosen from the students that picked the correct ending. The winners receive a book courtesy of Sr. Cecilia.
After the reading records have been collected and all of the pages have been tabulated the students who read the required pages are awarded prizes. Every student that reads is a winner!
The incentive for May will be different than the other months. This is great fun for students, teachers, and parent volunteers!
Book Bank is a program that succeeds based on teacher and parent support. Thank you to the many volunteers that help to make this program possible. As the new school year draws near lets get ready, get set, READ!