HOLLA! officials say the goal of reaching more students is being made possible with the cooperation of the Anson County school system, the hard work of the school principals, teachers and HOLLA!’s “dedicated” volunteers.
The organization’s leaders are optimistic that this year’s collaboration for the HOLLA! 5k Reading Challenge means the future of literacy in the community is bright. The challenge was held in conjunction with the annual HOLLA! 5K Walk/Run into the freedom of literacy.
Lilesville, Morven and Peachland-Polkton elementary schools accepted the call to compete in the challenge, which sought to motivate students to read while recognizing and rewarding the literary achievements of students in the schools’ Accelerated Reading Programs.
Peachland-Polkton Elementary School is the winner of HOLLA!’s school system-wide reading challenge.
As the school with the highest per capita reading score, it also received four full sets of books from the Little Flower series, donated by author and Anson County native Florita Bell-Griffin.
Principal Travis Stegall accepted the accolade during his school’s Awards Day ceremony.
“I am very proud and excited for next year’s challenge,” he said.
Schools were also challenged to encourage students to attend and/or participate in the HOLLA! 5K. Morven Elementary School had the most students to attend, and as a result, received a free, “fully loaded” HOLLA! party which included a DJ, pizza and snow cones for every student.
Individual student winners of the reading challenge were Kirsten Green, Abigail Wilson and Essence Davis, who were awarded for being the top readers at each of the participating schools. Jessica Laney and Ambria Nivens received honorable mentions.
The data used to determine the winners was based on Accelerated Reading Program results and was provided by Morven Elementary School Principal Deonya Pratt, Ansonville Elementary Principal Michael Vetter and Peachland-Polkton Elementary Principal Travis Stegall.
HOLLA! is a 501 c 3 non-profit Community Development Corporation founded in 2005 to address low achievement in the Anson County Schools. The organization operates from a facility located at 229 East Main Street in Morven, NC. For more information call 704.851.3144.