A group of 8th grade students at Worth County Middle School participated in The Georgia Peach Teen Book Award program which is sponsored by the Georgia Library Media Association, the Georgia Library Association, and the Georgia Public Library Service.In this program, Georgia teens read from a selected list of books and vote online to determine which book will become the Georgia Peach Award Book of the year. The books that earn the highest number of readers and ratings become the Peach Book and Honor books.
Cody Fletcher, Mathew Banks, Brianna Stovall, Laqwana Rowe, Sapphire Kirk, Savannah Hendrix, and Breanna Raburn (aka the Georgia Peach Team because of their participation in the Peach Book Award Program) also received national recognition from Renaissance Learning.Ms. Jan Masters, the media specialist who promotes this award program at WCMS not only required her participants to read the books and vote online, but also required them to take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests on the books as well.Ms. Masters saw the potential and sponsored the students by submitting the Peach Team’s AR scores to Renaissance Learning. The team received AR model certification and will be added to the Renaissance Certification Honor Roll under Ms. Masters’ name on Renaissance Learning’s national website at:http://www.renlearn.com/training/certification/honorroll.aspx.
Ms. Masters commented that to earn this certification the students’ scores had to indicate they had read an average of 20 minutes daily and maintained 85% accuracy on all AR tests taken over a 12 week period.“I enjoyed promoting this program and working with these students.They are an exceptional group, and I am so proud of them for not only participating in the Georgia Peach Teen Book Award Program, but for also achieving AR Model certification.”Ms. Masters congratulates the team for receiving this award.