Casper Classical Academy Earns Title of “Best in State” and Helps Donate 200,000 Books Through the 2019 Scholastic Summer Read-A- Palooza

Casper Classical Academy librarian Shelley Diehl said, “I was surprised we had won, but not shocked.  Our ELA teachers have adopted the Book Love philosophy by Penny Kittle and engagement in reading has increased dramatically.  I would expect that engagement in reading to continue into the summer.  The Scholastic Reading Challenge simply gave students a place to document their reading minutes.

Students from Casper Classical Academy gave their reasons to love summer reading:

It is so fun!  I read whenever I can!  Reading during the summer keeps your mind working during the summer and improves your vocab, fluency, and reading speed.”  Kendal A.

Summer is a great place for imagination and a good book can boost that.”  Brody S.


Students who read all summer come back to school ready to learn, eager for more experience, and possibly with more knowledge than the last school year.” Zoe J.


My mom and I connect when we read the same book.”  Avery B.


Below is the press release from Scholastic:

October 1, 2019
WHAT: This summer, students in Casper Classical Academy read 46,342 minutes in the 2019 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge™ earning them the title of “Best in State” for Wyoming. To celebrate the students’ reading achievements, CCA will be featured in the 2020 Scholastic Book of World Records to be released on November 5, and will receive a commemorative plaque and a celebration kit.
For the complete list of “Best in State” schools, visit In addition to earning top honors, all Casper Classical Academy student’s minutes entered through the Challenge helped to unlock a donation of 200,000 copies of new children’s titles to build home libraries for kids without easy book access. The books, donated by Scholastic, were distributed to kids at select United Way locations across the country.

RESEARCH: According to findings from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, kids know that reading provides benefits that extend well beyond the summer months. Seventy-seven percent agree that reading over the summer will help them during the school

“With kids as the catalyst for change, and United Way as a trusted partner in distributing books to those who need them most, the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza ensured even more children experienced the lasting benefits from summer reading which will extend through the school year and beyond,” said Stephanie Smirnov, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, Scholastic. “Today, we celebrate these kids and thank the many parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers who came together to encourage reading over the summer.”

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