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August 19, 2011

Cindy Wilson, librarian at Poteau Primary School, reads to students on Thursday during their library time.

School has started and students at the
Poteau Primary School are diving into
reading. Starting in kindergarten through
second grade, students engage in the
Accelerated Reader Program.
In the program, students read or are
read books and then take a computerized
test over the book at school. Based
on the scores from those tests, students
are awarded AR points. These points are
totaled throughout the year and factor
into contests held by the school.
Poteau Schools and the Parent-
Teacher Association also sponsor two
book fairs a year, one in Fall and one in
The fall book fair runs from September
6 until September 12. Students are
allowed to purchase books during the
book fair, and parents are allowed to
assist their child in their selections at
There is also an online book fair, that
allows students to purchase books over
the internet. Poteau Schools will be
sending information home with the students
on this exciting opportunity.
The spring book fair takes place in
March and coincides with both Read
Across America Day and the birthday of
Dr. Suess.
Poteau Schools also seeks to involve
parents in their child’s reading, Poteau
Primary School Librarian Lori Wilson
said. Parents are encouraged to begin
reading to their children early on for at
least 15 minutes every evening.
As the child progresses in their reading
skills, the child can begin reading to
the parent, making reading a cooperative
activity for students and parents.
“We strive to put a book into the
hands of every student,” says Wilson,
“Reading is fundamental to learning and
the healthy development of each student,
and when parents and children
read together, everyone wins.”

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