Thought Bubble | Misuse of Accelerated Reader could kill love of reading

After being absent for a few years, USD 329 is bringing back the Accelerated Reader program for grades K-5. This program is good both for the reading incentive for younger grades and for the STAR exams that evaluate the students’ reading and math levels. Although the program’s return won’t affect high school students, even the best readers greeted the news with a sort of PTSD.

Alma Elementary School book club installs little library

The residents of Alma have a new place to find books.

AES third grade teacher Emily Hess and the Alma Elementary Book Club decided to build a Little Library. It is located on Ohio St. between the parking lot and the high school.

“We live in an area where books are hard to access without transportation,” Hess said. It offers a few more choices than what there is at the public library. Hess hopes the Little Library will help build community and show that we place value on literacy.

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