There may be something in the water that makes the kids at Kenmore Elementary want to read.
Once again the school earned the Cecil County Public Library APGFCU Summer Reading Cup Challenge award.
This was their fourth consecutive win in recent years. They earned the summer reading trophy in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Kenmore had a half dozen consecutive years of bringing the trophy to their school.
The trophy was presented during a whole school assembly on October 11. In addition to the trophy, the school received $500 to buy books for the library. Each student also got free Mister Softee ice cream.
Rachel Wright, a Children's Service Supervisor, for the Cecil County Public
said that more than 3000 children participated in summer reading 2016. Combined, they turned in reading logs indicating that they read more than a million minutes.
Andrew Mychalus, Kenmore's Media Specialist, said Kenmore just has a reading attitude. Mychalus serves on a committee outside of school which helps select books for children ages 4-11. "There's an enthusiasm for reading here. Kids don't demean kids who read. We have a good, solid reading culture here," Mychalus said. "But there is no one magic thing. We have parents who are willing to drive to the library to fulfill the children's love for reading."
Principal Josh Mangold said he was proud. "This is an annual tradition here. You all have decided you like characters in books," Mangold told the students. "This is a wonderful school that loves to celebrate reading," he said.
Kenmore wasn't the only school recognized this year. On October 7, Calvert Elementary was recognized for being the Most Improved School with the summer reading challenge.