FHJHS Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

Students at Floyd Henson Junior High School have been participating in a voluntary reading program for the third year.  In the state of Illinois, students in grades 4-8 of participating schools and libraries are eligible to participate in the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Program.

Each year the steering committee for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award nominates 20 outstanding books focused for grades 4-8.  Participating schools are then asked to provide students with access to at least 12 of these books to read.  In addition, FHJHS teachers selected four grade appropriate books from the Abraham Lincoln Award list to challenge our readers.  Through the efforts of administrators, faculty members and the Flora Academic Foundation, FHJHS was able to provide students access to multiple copies of all 24 books to read.  Students also contributed to the efforts of purchasing Rebecca Caudill books along with other novels for our school library through a change drive.

Throughout the months of August, September, October, November, December, January, and February, students have eagerly read.  There were multiple occasions that every Rebecca Caudill book was checked out of our school library.  Approximately 57% of FHJHS students read at least one nominated book.  Those students that continued reading and achieved 3 nominated books earned voting privileges to help choose the 2014 Rebecca Caudill Award winning book.  Eligible voters also received a fun period of dodge ball for their reading efforts.  Around 37% of the student body at FHJHS read 3 nominated books and earned voting rights.  On Friday, February 21, all readers were recognized for their participation in the Rebecca Caudill program.  Students were awarded prizes based on the number of books they read.  Prizes ranged from Jolly Ranchers to homework passes.  Those students with voting privileges were treated to donuts and milk for breakfast while voting as well as a showing of Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters, a movie based an award winning book.

Program coordinators are thoroughly pleased and proud of student participation at FHJHS.  We look forward to continuing this successful reading program year after year.  We hope that our students continue finding joy in reading for pleasure.