From Staff Reports

In an effort to help students sharpen their reading skills and, at the same time, maintain

their reading proficiency over the year-end holiday period, the Friends of the Prosper Community Library are sponsoring

the annual Holiday Reading Competition, according to Roger Flood, chair of the Friends.

"Statistics abound regarding the negative effects on student achievement when little attention is paid to

reading, studying or any kind of intellectual stimulation. The summer break and the long vacations in the middle of the

school year are disruptions that have been recognized as having a detrimental effect, however slight, on a variety of

scholastic measures. Our hope is that the competition will provide some incentives for kids to put down the phone and

pick up a book," he said.

The Holiday Reading Competition, now in its fifth year, is open to all students in the Prosper ISD, charter schools,

private schools and those who are homeschooled, regardless of grade level. Competition is categorized by grade level

and is based on either the number of minutes spent reading or the number of pages read.

For example, students from pre-school age to third grade may count the number of minutes spent reading or

listening to someone reading to them, whereas students from fourth grade to high school seniors must count the

number of pages read.

Prizes will be awarded in the following five categories: pre-school and Kindergarten; first through third grades;

fourth through sixth grades; seventh and eighth grades; and ninth through twelfth grades.

Competition begins on Saturday, Nov. 23 and continues through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Entry forms can be

obtained at the Prosper Community Library, 700 N. Coleman St. during regular library hours

"We’ll be checking progress as the competition moves forward. We’ll want to see reading logs at least once

between Nov. 23 and Dec. 3 and once again between Dec. 3 and Dec. 23. Then, after the New Year, we’ll gather all the

logs and determine the winners. We’ve lined up some very nice prizes which we think will go over very well with the

students," said Flood.

More information can be obtained by contacting Flood at (972) 347-6088 or