10,000 Points for St. Jude Reader
In third grade, St. Jude School student Emily Kuderer found out she liked getting rewards for reading books. One of many schools that uses the Accelerated Reader (“AR”) program, St. Jude (Bridgetown, OH) gave prizes to students for reading books and passing short quizzes on what they had read.
“I liked getting the prizes!” Emily remembers. “Mrs. Klopp really encouraged me to read.” So she set herself an ambitious goal: 10,000 AR points before she graduated. On April 2 she took the test for Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter, and earned her 10,009th point.
Librarian Lyn Busche, who manages the school’s AR program, explains that 10,000 points is a tall order. An average 7th grade-level book, she says, has about 300 pages and is worth about 10 AR points. At that rate, a student would have to read one book every week for 19 years to meet Emily’s goal. She’s averaged more than 50 points a week for the last two years, for a total of 1,851 books. She’s also done well on the quizzes, averaging a 93.8% comprehension score.
Emily says she has no plans to stop reading now that she’s the only member of the 10,000 Point Club. “I really like all kinds of books,” she says. “Well, except for maybe sports books.” Her lesson anyone contemplating following in her footsteps? “Try your hardest and keep reading.”
An Honor Roll student, Emily is on the St. Jude Academic Team and competed in the Power of the Pen writing competition this year. She also serves as the Yearbook’s Photography Editor. The oldest of Dan and Amy Kuderer’s three children, she will attend Mother of Mercy High School in the fall on a partial tuition academic scholarship.
Photo courtesy St. Jude School.