APS Race2Read Challenge Reaches 2 Million Minutes

It’s another milestone for the books! Atlanta Public Schools is one step closer to our goal of 10-million minutes— after reaching 2-million minutes logged in the 2020-2021 Race2Read challenge! If we all commit to reading 20 minutes each day, we’ll surely be able to reach our goal by the end of summer 2021. Keep up the good work, keep reading, and keep logging your minutes at Race2Read.org.

Below are few Race2Read highlights, including our top readers across the District, an author visit, and media coverage.

Our Top Readers

Top 5 Schools

  • North Atlanta High School – 317,622 minutes
  • Deerwood Academy – 284,758 minutes
  • Brandon Elementary School – 180,530 minutes
  • Peyton Forest Elementary School – 145,313 minutes
  • Barack and Michelle Obama Academy – 135,164 minutes

Top 5 Students

  • Ella Sipe (Sutton Middle School)- 67,179 minutes
  • Riley Sipe (E. Rivers Elementary School) – 46,358 minutes
  • Adrianna Roberts (Deerwood Academy) – 32,580 minutes
  • Alaynna Roberts (Deerwood Academy) – 32,580 minutes
  • Zada Sanders (Therrell High School) – 24,952 minutes

Top 5 Adults

  • Patrick Baughman – 19,100 minutes
  • Lorrae Walker – 14,696 minutes
  • Oreta Hinamon Campbell – 12,130 minutes
  • Therese Haligan – 8731 minutes
  • Niquishia Davis – 5340 minutes

Author Visit at Finch Elementary

Despite the pandemic, APS Media Services continues to partner with Page Turners Make Great Learners to bring author visits to students. Finch Elementary School students in grades 3-5 had the wonderful opportunity to meet author/illustrator Adam Rex on Dec. 4. Approximately 60 students logged in, after instructional time, to hear his newly released book, On Account of the Gum. Rex shared his new book, demonstrated illustration, and answered student questions.  

In The Media

On Dec. 4, APS Media Services Coordinator Patrice Laird-Walker joined Kevin Pride of Atlanta Business Journal Radio to discuss the 2020-2021 Race2Read challenge and the benefits of having all Atlantans model the habit of reading 20 minutes every day for our students. Listen to Laird-Walker in the first 8 minutes and last 18 minutes of the podcast here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-atlanta-business-journal-r-55239857.

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