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Easton Kids Turn Pages, Earn Award

Helen Keller Middle School students read more than 397,400 pages last summer, averaging about 1,100 pages per student – and qualifying five students to represent the school at the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge Awards Program.

Ninety-nine percent of the school's students participated in the challenge, said Sarah Broas, literacy specialist at Helen Keller. “It’s really impressive – the students are really excited about it. The language arts teachers really appreciate reading. They motivate the students to read.”

The students chose books off lists of teacher recommendations and criteria. Students are required to read two books during the summer, but many go “above and beyond,” said Broas.

Twelve elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, one unique school and three independent schools were winners in the 2010 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The awards ceremony took place at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. Gov. Dannel Malloy kicked off the 2011 summer reading challenge during the event May 6.

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