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Rossiter Elementary 4th grade students rewarded for reading accomplishment

Posted at 4:49 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 18:49:59-04

HELENA – A group of 4th graders at Rossiter Elementary School received royal treatment Wednesday in honor of a major accomplishment.

Eleven students in Heidi Herbolich’s 4th grade classroom read one million words or more each this school year. Herbolich said one student even read more than six million words.

The group was rewarded with a ride on the Last Chance Tour Train and a pizza lunch.

According to Herbolich, there are several ways the students’ progress is recorded.

“When they take an Accelerated Reader test, it will tell how many words were in that book. And that’s how I keep track of most of them,” explained Herbolich. “Not all books have to be AR read, so I’ll chat with them about the book and count those words also.”

Herbolich said she also gifts her students 200,000 words for stories in their weekly readers and serial books.

As a whole, she said her 4th grade class of 27 students read over 31 million words in the 2018-2019 school year.

-Reported Melissa Jensen/MTN News