In reading, one hand washes the other
Victoria Davids, a reading specialist at Basehor Elementary School, said accolades her program recently received from the International Reading Association could be credited to a cooperative effort between students, teachers and parents.
"At Basehor Elementary School we work very closely -- we being teachers and administrators -- with the community and the parents because reading is not something that can be done in one area without the other two," Davids said.
She continued, "It's the cooperation of the school district, community and the parents all striving toward individual reading success of every student."
Basehor-Linwood School District administrators were recently informed that the elementary school's reading program was among just three programs in the state being considered for a Exemplary Reading Program Award.
The award, which is given annually, recognizes schools across the country which demonstrate excellence in reading and literacy programs. Basehor Elementary School submitted an application, as did numerous other Kansas schools, and from the applications three schools were selected for the award's consideration.
In January, Marcia Henry, Kansas Exemplary Reading Program chairperson, informed elementary school officials that the BES program was among the schools in the running for the award. In February, a Reading Association committee visited the school.
Basehor Elementary School principal Terri Holmes said district officials were informed last week of the committee's decision. Though, the school didn't win the award, reading association judges told Holmes that Basehor Elementary's program was among the best of the best.
"They said they were splitting hairs to decide who was number one," Holmes said.
The school's reading program was honored during Monday night's Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting. Numerous other students and educators were bestowed accolades as well Monday night. They included:
- The Basehor-Linwood High School Dazzlers Dance Team, which in January claimed six awards during the Kansas Spectacular Dance Competition at Olathe East High School.
- Seven eighth-grade Basehor-Linwood Middle School students who won a Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars patriotic essay contest. The student winners are: Jonas Box, Anne Chapman, John King, Hanna Bates, Jessyka Coulter, Cole DeRuse and Chantal Williams.
- Two Basehor-Linwood School District teachers for winning a Basehor VFW outstanding educators award. Marina Cooley, a teacher at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, and Nancy Lessig, a third grade teacher at Linwood Elementary School, were recognizing for winning in their respective divisions.