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‘Read Today’ Honors Achievement at 4 Canyons Schools

The spotlight is shining bright on four Canyons District schools for their achievements in reading and voluntarism.

East Midvale, Willow Springs, Midvalley, and Sandy elementaries have received special honors from the KSL-TV “Read Today” program. The schools last academic year enlisted 200 volunteer tutors who donated more than 6,100 hours to reading one-on-one to students. The special reading celebration drew some 800 students and their families to the South Towne Expo Center Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 to play games, dance, and receive free books for their accomplishments. The celebration was hosted by KSL-TV anchor Deanie Wimmer, who broadcast live from the event.

Reading proficiency scores increased at all four schools in the 2013-2014 academic year, according to state-required CBM test data, with a whopping 12 percentage-point increase reported between fall 2013 and spring 2014 at Sandy Elementary School.

“Read Today” is sponsored by KSL-TV and supported by AmeriCorps volunteers. The South Towne Expo Center was sponsored by the Salt Lake County Council and Mayor Ben McAdams for the special event.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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