Readers Eager to Join the 100 Point Club
Ridge Park Charter Academy’s Incentive
Program Encourages Literacy
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,
April 15, 2014—Students
at Ridge Park Charter Academy read for fun, read to learn, and they read for a
chance to join the esteemed 100 Point Club.
Three years ago, Library Technician Dawn Elliott had the
idea to start a club that rewarded students in all grades for reading. Students
can earn one or two points for each book and accelerated reading test they
complete. Accelerated Reading (AR) is a computer-based program that quizzes a
student on a book they have read to measure the level of understanding of the
“Our thought behind starting this club was to encourage
and celebrate students that not only read, but also stretch their comprehension
skills,” said Elliott.
Once the student hits the 100 mark for book and AR tests
completed they are a member of the club for the school year. Club members
receive a polo shirt and enjoy a small reward party every month. The parties
consist of extra computer lab time, games, and a small treat such as ice cream.
“I like being in the 100 Point Club because I like
feeling like I have made a big step in my reading progress,” said fourth-grade
student Caleb Moon. Other students say they enjoy the recognition and getting
to leave class for the parties.
The club’s popularity continues to grow each year as more
students work to reach their 100 reading points. Students must start at zero
when the school year begins and work their way to 100. Last year 135 students
earned a membership; this year the club is already at 86 students and even
welcomed its first first-grade student.
“This is in an opportunity to have students see firsthand
that they can accomplish great things if they persevere,” said Elliot. “For
many of our students, this is the first major accomplishment in their academic
The 100 Point Club is a fun reading incentive that has
even the youngest students excited to join, but the heart of the program is to
encourage a lifelong love of reading. A sentiment shared by one student when
asked why they like being in the club: “I really just enjoy reading, the shirt
and parties are a benefit.”