El Morro Elementary School students had a special guest recently. X-Games gold medalist Tina Dixon spoke about the importance of reading in her career.
Dixon’s appearance was part of a reward to students for their participation in Scholastic Reading Counts, a software program that inspires a love of independent reading, said Livi Adams, reading intervention teacher at El Morro.
Adopted by El Morro at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, Adams said, Reading Counts is designed to match appropriately leveled books to students through the Lexile system. Students are then given a list of books to choose from, based on their interest, and can read at their own pace. Once they have finished a book, they take a comprehension quiz for which they earn points if they do well.