Hess students earn mention in 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Reading is contagious, especially at the George L. Hess Educational Complex, where preteen fans of the written word will be honored for their accomplishments.

The school complex has been honored as one of the top 20 schools nationally for its performance in the 2012 Scholastic Summer Challenge.


The summer challenge encouraged children to read books and log the minutes that they spent reading. The program was intended to help students avoid the ‘summer slide,’ or the loss of skills while away from the classroom.

Hess students logged 907,524 minutes of reading time and helped set a world record of 95,859,491 minutes read, breaking last year’s record of 64,213,141. The total time was recorded by all of the students nationally who participated in the summer reading program.

This year, 4,446 schools representing 32 countries participated to help set the record.

The George L. Hess School is celebrating in many ways.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Scholastic representatives will visit the school during an ice cream social held to honor Hess readers.

Students, administrators, and librarians Kristen Mulraney and Janet Yunghans will be presented with a special banner from Scholastic declaring them the No. 1 school in New Jersey and one of the nation’s top 20.

Students who logged 300 minutes or more in the Scholastic Summer Challenge each received a coupon to the Hess School Store.

In addition to the school celebrations, the top three readers have been invited to attend a Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The top readers are Vivek Kolli, with 24,125 minutes; Dawson Young, 16,515 minutes; and Edward Ross III, with 15,509 minutes. They will each receive a copy of the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records.

Students from the top 20 schools which logged the most minutes will be listed in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records, which will be available through Scholastic Book Clubs, Scholastic Book Fairs, book stores nationwide.

The book will also be available at the Hess School Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 12-16.

Librarians Kristen Mulraney and Janet Yunghans invite the community to attend the book fair’s Family Night 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

Refreshments will be provided, and plenty of copies of the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records will be available for purchase.

“We congratulate all the students who helped set a new Scholastic world record for summer reading,” said Francie Alexander, chief academic officer at Scholastic. “It is crucial for kids to read during the summer so they don’t lose any of the academic skills they gained throughout the school year. We are so impressed by how many minutes the children read for. This summer, every child was a winner.”

The Scholastic Summer Challenge kicked off its sixth year on May 1 and ran through Aug. 31. In addition to logging their minutes on the Scholastic Summer Challenge website, children were able to earn virtual rewards.

The program will be back for its seventh year in 2013, with new prizes and new books to get kids excited about reading. 

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