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New Rochelle Students Raise $55,000 Showing Off Their Reading Superpowers

Ward Elementary students raised nearly $55,000 during the annual Readathon.
Ward Elementary students raised nearly $55,000 during the annual Readathon. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Students at the William B. Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle showed off their reading superpowers recently, raising nearly $56,000 at their annual Readathon challenge.

On Friday, school officials announced that this year, the monthlong Ward Elementary “I Read! What’s Your Superpower” challenge raised a record $55,958 by reading a grand total of 2,812,632 minutes during the event. The school topped last year's previous record of $53,000.

During the Readathon, students were challenged to read as many minutes as they could to raise money for the school during the biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will allow for teachers to enhance the classroom experience, special projects that are not covered by school budgets - such as a reading friendly library - and increase enrichment materials for math, arts, science and music for students.

In addition to encouraging students to read, the Readathon featured various community leaders that visited Ward Elementary to read to classes and discuss their roles in the community.

“We are so thrilled with the results,” Readathon Chair Melissa Panszi Riebe said. “Our dedicated volunteers worked wth Ward teachers and administrators to ensure students had a fun and memorable experience, while showing them how important reading is to their academic careers.” a

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