Keene students top in Book It program

| April 20, 2015

COSHOCTON – Stephanie Kopec is amazed by her fourth graders at Keene Elementary School and proud of how much they enjoy reading.

“This class loves to read,” she said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to get them to stop. When we started the year they had certain incentives for reading and participating in the Pizza Hut Book It program, but I never really needed to use them.”

The students were expected to read at least one hour a day on their own and ended up logging 362,280 minutes read from October through March. That total earned them the privilege of being the top class in the Book It program out of 630,000 classes nationwide.

“It makes me really happy to know we did this,” said Paige Nicely.

Her fourth grade classmate Kiera McPeck was amazed by their success and so was Carter Fry.

“I’m excited to be first,” said Fry, who also is in the fourth grade.

His favorite books to read are the Harry Potter series.

“I liked the last book the most,” Fry said. “I love the idea of all the wizards coming together and fighting the biggest wizard alive.”

McPeck’s favorite book that she read was “A Dog Called Kitty.”

“It’s unique,” she said.

Nicely really enjoyed the Baby-Sitter Club series.

“There is a lot of stuff in them to learn like responsibility for being in a club,” she said.

This is only the second year Kopec has had her students use the Book It program. Last year her class also excelled with it and was in the top 100 in the nation.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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