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Champion Reading



"CHAMPION" Reading




At EWMS we are committed to encouraging students to read outside of the work assigned in class. Students are expected to read 20 minutes nightly.  To help encourage students to read on their own, we participate in Reading Counts. Reading Counts is a program that helps students pick books that are on their reading level and based on their interests.  The main goal of CHAMPION reading is for students to read on their own and reach the ”milestones” at their own pace.  The focus is on the number of words read.  It is not required.  

Below you will find the basic requirements of the program and answers to many of the questions you may have.

Students will spell the word CHAMPION

  • For every checkpoint,125,000 words, the student will receive a letter

125,000 - C

250,000 - H

375, 000 - A

500,000 - M

625,000 - P

750,000 - I

875,000 - O

1,000,000- N

  • For every milestone: students will receive an additional award
    • 250,000 - CH - Pencil, Bookmark
    • 500,000 - AM - Media Gaming Day
    • 750,000 - PI - To Be Determined
    • 1,000,000 -ON -Crawdads Baseball Game or Bo’s Family Fun Center
  • Students that have collected all the letters and reached the 1,000,000 word mark will receive a trip off campus during the school day.
  • The start date will be September 9th and the last day to take a test will be April 6th.

  • Students may get the letters at any time. For example, if they miss having 125,000 words by the end of September they will receive the letter at the time they reach the 125,000 mark.

  • Students must have achieved the letter “M” or at least 500,000 words by the end of the 2nd 9 weeks to participate in the 1,000,000 word reward.

  • Reading Counts test should be taken on all books that a test is provided.  

What can I do if there isn't a quiz for the book my student is reading?

  • For other readings the student will provide the Title, Author, Genre and Publisher along with a short summary of the book to receive words read credit. Summaries will be submitted to Mrs. Cook.

  • Student names and letters they have received will be displayed in the hallway in front of the Media Center.  

What times of the day can a quiz be taken at school?

Quizzes can be taken in the morning before school. Teachers may allow other times on an individual basis.

Why can quizzes only be taken between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.?

These are times set by Scholastic (the company that sponsors Reading Counts).  No one at EWMS has the ability to change these times.


Where can I find out the number of words for the book my student is reading?

Scholastic Book Expert


If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher or Melanie Cook, our Media Specialist cookm@wilkes.k12.nc.us