and Thursday, third- through fifth-grade students at Burton Glen Charter are
silent during the final 10 minutes of lunch.
different approach to learning, said Kevin Johnson, achievement and behavior
specialist at the school.
LaShema Marble, the upper elementary dean at Burton Glen, have instituted this
new initiative, which they call DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). The new
program promotes reading throughout school culture by requiring students to
read during the last 10 minutes of lunch, two days a week.
of recent legislation pertaining to our third graders, it's vital,” said
Johnson. “This wasn't done as a punitive approach; I simply believe our
scholars need to read...and read, and read some more."