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The Summer Reading Challenge is back! SBISD students encouraged to log reading minutes to win grand prizes


Summer is approaching, temperatures are rising and students may be wondering how they will spend their time. There’s no need to worry, because we have something exciting! 

Spring Branch ISD is encouraging students to be part of the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge, happening from June 1 to Aug. 14. The goal is for each participating student to log at least 750 reading minutes by the end of summer. 

The 750-minute goal is in honor of SBISD’s 75th anniversary and 75 years of inspiring minds and shaping lives.

“We hope that through SBISD’s Summer Reading Challenge our students will come back in the fall having read tons of great books,” said Lisa Stultz, director of Library & Information Services. “Research shows that reading just 20 minutes a day keeps students from losing the academic gains made during the school year.”  

Prize bags will be awarded weekly to randomly selected students who logged reading minutes for the week. Prize bags include books, gift cards, games and other goodies. 

Each student who reaches the 750-minute-goal by August 14 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win grand prizes.

The top five readers, ranked by number of minutes read, at each school level will be recognized at the August regular board of trustees meeting. 

Siblings Annabel and Ethan Endicott from Westchester Academy for International Studies participated in the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge and note how books have influenced their thinking. 

“My favorite thing about reading is how you can always learn new things and discover different perspectives,” said Annabel. “Since last summer, I have read about 80 books.” 

“I like reading, because it’s a good way to pass time,” said Ethan. “It’s a hobby I often forget about, but when I remember how much I enjoy reading, I grab a book.” 

Students are encouraged to register and track their reading minutes through the Beanstack dashboard which can be accessed through their Clever account. 

SBISD is dedicated to promoting literacy. Through programs like the Summer Reading Challenge, students can strengthen their language skills, expand their vocabularies and learn to think critically. Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website to learn how to log reading minutes, access eBooks and audiobooks and discover reading lists. 

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