First and second grade students attending Bell Elementary have been into reading this past
school year. They have read 38,740 Accelerated Reading (AR) books, amounting to 78,308,739 words,
according to AR data from August 2018 to May 2019.
“I think this is an amazing number of books read,” said Media Specialist Nell Boils. “Especially
when you consider we only have two grades in our school.”
The numbers are up from the previous school year partially because the library opened early
from 7:40-8:15 a.m. this past school year. Students were able to eat breakfast and then visit the library
before classes began.
“This has been a really good, positive year for us at Bell Elementary,” said Boils. “The students
have been really positive about checking out books from our shelves.”
Second grader Kason Hicks, son of LaCrisha and Matthew Hicks was the top AR reader for the
first and second grade this year. He was named to the 300-point club having logged 326 points. As a
result of that award, he was named “Principal for the Day.” In addition, he received a citizenship,
reading and math award at the end of the year awards program.
“He likes getting AR points,” said Librarian Nell Boils. “It’s challenging to him.”
The eight-year-old’s favorite books are non-fiction. In fact, many of the students enjoy the non-
fiction books the most. “They love stories about pets, reptiles, and basketball. They love biographies
about a real person.
“I’ve checked out the biography about Lebron James probably twice,” said Hicks.
“We wear our books out,” said Boils. “We have AR books in the library and tubs of books in the
classrooms.” Students read the books and then test their comprehension rate through the AR software
program on the computers. Once they pass the quiz, then they move on to the next book.
Boils especially appreciated the support from their students’ families at the annual five-day
book fair this spring. They had 57 parents and grandparents attend the festivities at scheduled times for
families to visit. Second grader Clark Phillips won the family event give away.
“I’d really like to thank the families, students and staff at Bell Elementary for making our book
fair successful.” The profits from the book fair help Boils freshen up the bookcases by buying a lot of
new books and supplies for the library.
(L-R) 2nd grader Karson Hicks shows off his AR Trophy from WELC Media Specialist Nell Boils
Clark Phillips won a gift through the book fair