Azure to K-6 grade students: You’re invited to a summer reading challenge

Wessington Springs Elementary School Principal Carrie Azure invites students to take part in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. 

When kids read over the summer they are more likely to leap ahead when they return to school. This is often called the “summer leap,” and WSES has made it a priority to keep students’ skills sharp by encouraging them to read all summer long.

“First Lady Linda Daugaard is challenging all schools in South Dakota to the scholastic summer reading challenge and I have signed up Wessington Springs Elementary K-6 students to participate,” Azure said. “The theme of this year’s summer reading challenge is A Magical Summer of Reading! Students will log their reading minutes throughout the 18 weeks of summer, which will earn them digital rewards as they meet their goal.”

The goal is for the students to discover the joy and magic of reading, and read the most minutes possible in an effort for WSES to earn the title, “Best in State.”

As students log their reading minutes throughout the 18 weeks of summer, they will earn digital rewards as they meet their weekly reading goals. Plus, throughout the summer, students can learn about great new books to read, access fun videos and printables, and more. Summer booklists for all ages (in English and Spanish) can also be found on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website.

If K-6 readers log 150,000 minutes by September 7. If this goal is met, Azure will take on the student dare of being blasted with colored water balloons thrown at her.

Login information was sent home the last week of school.If students forgot his or her summer reading username, contact Azure at