• Aug. 31, 2016  
    Summer Reading Champs  
    Streams named summer reading champs

    Streams Elementary School is the winner of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Upper St. Clair Township Library. In addition to the pride of keeping the traveling trophy for the 2016-17 school year, Streams’ readers earned five books to add to the school’s library.

    The summer reading challenge, in its fifth year, is a friendly competition among the Upper St. Clair School District’s three elementary schools that begins June 1 and runs through July 30. The school with the highest number of participants and highest quantity of books read is crowned the winner.

    The challenge is a cooperative effort between the township and school librarians. The library’s reading program has operated for nearly 50 years.

    “The goal of the program is to foster school spirit and encourage kids to read,” Debra Conn, head of children’s and youth services at the Upper St. Clair Township Library, said. “Summer reading is very important to help prevent summer slide. Statistics indicate that summer reading programs not only mitigate summer learning loss but may actually improve students’ reading and comprehension skills.”

    Streams Elementary students recaptured the honor of Summer Reading Champs after a three-year winning streak at Baker Elementary. Statistics for this summer’s program are as follows:
    • Streams Elementary: 167 Participants 3094 Books Read
    • Baker Elementary: 146 Participants 2559 Books Read
    • Eisenhower Elementary: 106 Participants 1702 Books Read
    “This is fantastic!” Dr. Claire Miller, Streams principal, said. “Our librarians inspire our students to make the most of Upper St. Clair’s community and school libraries and to dive into summer reading!!!”

    USC Summer Reading Program Champions
    • 2016 Streams Elementary
    • 2015 Baker Elementary
    • 2014 Baker Elementary
    • 2013 Baker Elementary
    • 2012 Streams Elementary