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Ely Students Find Achievement Through the Love of Reading

May 21, 2015
Joseph T. Pelt - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

It is all in the numbers. In 1996 the school district purchased the Renaissance Learning program for all students of Ely Elementary School to have access. Part of the program is to encourage reading, and reading comprehension through a goal-orientated system that keeps track of the number of words each student reads.

This year the numbers were staggering, with the Ely students reading a total of 84,780,182 words. Special recognition has to go to the librarian, Mrs. Erickson, and her assistant, Mrs. Jacobs, for the encouragement, as well as Mrs. Duchscher whose class read an amazing 24,037,500 words. In addition, Ely teacher Mr. Groves' read 3,060,209, but lost a friendly competition to student Alyssa Harmel who topped all readers this year reading 3,329,039 words. Alyssa was in Mrs. Fritz's class who herself was in the million word club. Student Tanya Rameden, also in Mrs. Fritz's class, came in second reading a total of 2,710,432 words.

Here is a list of the 2015 Million Word Club: staff: Mrs. Duchscher, Mrs. Fritz and Mr. Groves. The students by class: Mrs. Duchscher's Class: Mika Guty, Anna Johnson, Will Kuntz, Tucker Schoneberg, Rylie Suchor, Hannah Trottier, Dalton Vietz-Reile, Sawyer Harmel, Ashton Houim, Kordell Kraft, Amy Volk, Thatcher Volk, Noah Wright, and Kiah Gault. Mrs. Fritz's class: Taylor Mayor, Taya Rameden, Collyn Bosch, Lathan DeMontigny, Alyssa Harmel, Ethan Musser, Alexander Whorley and Riley Tuenge. Mr. Santjer's class: Dylan Scherr and Cole Wentz.

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