By EMILY TEAGUE
With nearly 10,000 more points than last year, Kalmiopsis Elementary School celebrated its Accelerated Reader program Wednesday night.
Children participate in the program by reading library books and taking comprehension tests on school computers to earn points.
The schoolwide total this year was 31,338 points, which is 9,802 more than last year, Principal Chris McKay said.
The schools top reader was fourth grader Alexandra Ambrose with 662.8 points.
The highest point total for kindergarten went to Chelsea Carroll with 106.9 points. First grade top reader was Jamie Alto with 186.7 while second grade high point earner was Charlotte Smith at 135.3. Emily Hoyle had the highest point total for third graders at 314.7
The top first grade class was Glenda Wilbers with 2,295 points. Deanna Soiseths class had the most points for second grade at 1,126. Judith Fowlers third grade had 1,639 points, while Carol Sackmans fourth grade class led the school with 2,521 points.
Brookings-Harbor High Schools concert choir under the direction of Jerome Moffit helped provide entertainment for the evening.
The group demonstrated the difference between soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices as each section sang a scale. The choir also sang a song depicting the sounds of a frog, and an Italian song, which they used to depict different instruments by pretending to play as they sang. The group ended its performance with a medley.
Kalmiopsis line dancers, directed by physical education teacher Bev Rose, gathered in one of the school shelters between classrooms to perform.
Fourth grade recorder players stepped on stage to display their skills with direction from music teacher Gail Forn. Performing piano solos for the evening were Patrick Carper, Allison Larsson, Lena Peterson and Kla Kennedy.
Children bobbed for books by attempting to pick apples out of a tub of water with tongs while blindfolded.
Other games included book bingo and musical books.
Chetco Community Public Librarys childrens librarian Dori Frost offered storytelling.
Kalmiopsis assistant principal Paul Schoenborn and the Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team sold hot dogs and soft drinks.
They sold about 250 hot dogs and came close to grossing $400, McKay said.
Nearly $100 worth of used books were sold at 50 cents a piece and about 150 books were given away, she said.
Of the eligible readers, 475 were given pencils and had their names posted on the school reader board for earning 10 points.
About 408 students got books and bumper stickers for earning 25 points.
After compiling 50 points, 236 readers were given Accelerated Reader T-shirts. Backpacks went to 63 children who earned 100 points and six certificates to Words and Pictures were given to students who amassed 250 points.
McKay ended the evening by passing out pieces of cake.
Next years Accelerated Reader goal hasnt been set yet, but McKay said she would like to see it be at least 30,000.
Staff writer Bill Schlichting contributed to this story.