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First Grader Reads 330 Books
By Sentinel Staff Writer
Published August 16, 2007

Malcolm Wilson expands his mind and increases his knowledge through the power of the written word

Many of today’s children are equipped with a thirst for knowledge and a need to receive it instantly, which is often times, greater than the generations before them.

And within that group lies a shinning star named Malcolm Wilson, a 1st grade student who attends a private school located in the Los Angeles area.

During the 2007 school year, Malcolm’s class was asked to read at home for 30 minutes a day. And as an additional incentive, the teacher promised to reward the top reader(s) with a special prize. Malcolm, who is a very focused student, was excited by the initial challenge, and a chance to receive a prize for his efforts helped to sweeten the pot.

So, he began his quest for knowledge and read a total of 330 books from October 2006 to the end of the school year—June 2007 to include books on dinosaurs, marine animals, books by Dr. Seuss and his children’s bible. At the end of the school year, the scores were tallied, and Malcolm was awarded for his achievement as the second place winner of the reading challenge.

“I am proud of my son’s enthusiasm, dedication and love of learning,” said Michelle Wilson, Malcolm’s mother. He had a wonderful school year and I’m looking forward to many more achievements next year.”

In a time when negative accounts regarding our children permeate our society, this is one that turns-the-tide, and serves as a shinning example of positivity and excellence. These are the images that should be uplifted, cherished and talked about with pride. Great things are happening around us—be sure to stay tuned in.

Categories: Education

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