Allisonville Reads!

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Indianapolis, IN  –  September 29, 2017- Allisonville Elementary has reason to celebrate this back to school season because students read more than 384,000 minutes last summer, earning them the title of “Best in State” for Indiana and 73rd in the world, in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  The school will be featured in the 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records and will receive a commemorative plaque and a celebration kit to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements. This past summer, children in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., two U.S. territories and 14 countries read 138,399,392  minutes in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

The complete list of “Best in State” schools is available at

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is designed to help kids turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the power and joy of reading for fun. This year’s theme, “Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure,” came to life featuring beloved Scholastic characters, including custom Dog Man illustrations from Dav Pilkey, bestselling author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series and the Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassador. The program offered kids the chance to log their reading minutes to earn digital prizes as they completed weekly reading challenges, gaining access to 18 reading activities including games, quizzes and videos based on popular children’s books. Parents and families also had access to free summer reading resources, including booklists across all age groups in both English and Spanish.

On September 29, Allisonville students were recognized by teachers and staff with an all-school celebration, culminating in an all-school aerial photo taken by drone photographer and North Central High School Math teacher David Robertson. Students dressed in red and formed a heart on the playground and exhibited their school pride by participating in math themed exercises that quantified their reading accomplishment. 

Best in State

Allisonville Elementary, “Best in State!”

We are so proud of each of our Allisonville students for contributing to this reading goal which resulted in being named “Best in State,” said Allisonville Principal Mike Pomerenke. “The enthusiasm of teachers, staff, and families to instill the value of reading as a life skill has been monumental in the accomplishment of this goal. We thank everyone who has been a part of this important journey.”

“Scholastic is immensely proud of the students who joined the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and read all summer long, taking their own reading adventures and logging more than 138 million minutes,” said Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education. “Thanks to the encouragement and support of their families, educators, public libraries and community organizations, these students have returned to school ready to learn and prepared for the current school year.”

2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge highlights:

  • Nearly 4,000 schools, libraries and community partners participated in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Students from the U.S. and around the world read a whopping total of 138,399,392 minutes! That’s the fifth year in a row kids logged more than 100 million minutes.

For more information about Scholastic and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit


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Watch a video here about the accomplishment of Allisonville Elementary School readers.

View more photos from celebration day!

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