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Groton — Northeast Academy was among 27 schools statewide honored by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and school representatives on May 9 for reading achievements by students.
Malloy recognized the students at Northeast — who read 4,967 books, or 15 per student — at the kickoff of the Summer Reading Challenge on May 9. The program recognizes schools with the highest participation rates and highest number of books read per pupil. Northeast had a participation rate of 99 percent.
“We know that children who read at grade level by the time they reach third grade are much more likely to succeed academically,” Malloy said in a news release. “Reading is the most important skill for students to learn and one that requires constant practice.”
Mary Paecht said her 9-year-old daughter, Kate, read 44 books last summer totaling more than 4,000 minutes. “She does love to read,” Paecht said.
Paecht said she considers the award quite an achievement.
“To me it shows the dedication of the children overall and the school,” she said. “Not only that, but the way the educators and the parents must have supported their children to do this reading during the summer.”