Kilgore Intermediate School is encouraging students to get lost in a good book with an upcoming literacy night and several reading-themed events.

“Kilgore Intermediate School is focusing on helping students develop a love for reading. We started the year by having special events to motivate and challenge students to read as much as they can during the school year to help grow their reading skills,” read a recent KIS press release.

The press release also included information about KIS’ efforts to boost students’ interest in reading. At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, KIS Principal Kim Slayter paid a visit to classrooms to read to students and encouraged them to read every day.

Each class also took a field trip to Kilgore Public Library for a “Book Tasting” event organized by library director Stacey Cole. Students were given the chance to learn about different genres of books and several students won free books in a drawing.

KIS also has an Accelerated Reader program in place.

In this program, students read books to earn points. Each student has 30 minutes per school day built into the schedule to read independently. English-Language Arts teachers set goals for students each quarter. Students who achieve the goal get to participate in a special celebration and students who accumulate 100 AR points receive a free t-shirt.

The third annual KIS Literacy Night is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12. With this event, KIS invites families of students to attend and learn more about reading strategies students are using in class, as well as information they can use at home to help students become better readers. Attending students will receive a free book.

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