Schools kickoff reading Twitter challenge

Xavier Smith • Mar 14, 2017 at 5:47 PM

Wilson County Schools encourages students to continue reading during spring break with a Twitter challenge that could bring rewards.

The district is holding the #Read20 Twitter Challenge during spring break.

Students and parents can be a part of the challenge by taking a picture of a student and the book they’re reading each day and posting it to Twitter with #Read20WilsonCounty.

Participants will automatically be entered into a daily drawing for various prizes and a winner will be selected each day. Students will receive their prizes when they return from spring break.

Participants using the hashtag are also eligible to receive 20 percent off their book purchases at Books-A-Million in the Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet during spring break.

Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet will also hold a Read20 pledge event Tuesday. Mt. Juliet’s event will take place until 8 p.m.

Linda Vinson with The Children’s Reading Foundation stressed the importance and difference 20 minutes of daily reading could make in a child’s life last year.

“There’s no controversy on this. Nobody is going to talk to you about how to teach kids to read. We’re simply asking you to spend time with a child 20 minutes a day and promote the concept from birth up,” she said.

Vinson said a child who reads 20 minutes a day reads about 3,600 minutes or 60 hours and 1.8 million words in a school year and would place in the 90th percentile.

She compared that to a child who reads five minutes per day or 900 minutes and 282,000 words and a child who reads who minute a day equals 180 minutes and 8,000 words.


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