Savannah students participate in competition to increase reading skills

Savannah students participate in competition to increase reading skills
Published: Feb. 24, 2016 at 4:21 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 25, 2016 at 6:39 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Students from Haven Elementary School will soon square off in a statewide Communities in Schools, or CIS Competition.

CIS is a national organization that aims to improve student academics, and ultimately to increase high school graduation rates.

Catalina Garcia-Quick, Executive Director for Communities in Schools in Savannah, says lately they've been focusing on elementary school students.

"We felt like it was important to not only support kids going in to middle school and high school, but we can't improve graduation rates if the foundation isn't solid," she said.

The second, third, and fourth graders who chose to participate in the Student Achievement Month got a chance to  display work in either writing, art, or public speaking categories. They were asked to create projects about what the CIS Program means to them. Many of the students say the experience has taught them how exciting reading can be.

"I like to read because sometimes it inspires me, because reading can take you a long way," said John Cooksey, a 4th grade student at Haven Elementary School.

Not only did these students get to show off their work, but two winners from each category: creative, writing, and public speaking, have been selected to go on to compete at the regional and state levels for scholarships and prizes.

"These students are very excited about their writing, very excited about their art, and this gives them a chance to showcase their work and showcase the work that's being done at Haven Elementary," Garcia-Quick said.

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