Daycroft's "Turn-Off-Your Media (and Read!)" Challenge

Students at Daycroft Montessori School Do Without Electronic Media for One Week to Help Meet Their "March Is Reading Month" Goals

Ann Arbor, MI (March 25, 2009) – Can you imagine a pre-teen child of today completely forgoing TV, video games, the Internet, and other electronic media for a full seven days straight?

Earlier this month, over 50 students from Daycroft Montessori School of Ann Arbor committed to do exactly that.

The students participated in Daycroft's "Turn-Off-Your-Media (and Read)!" Challenge by signing a pledge to abstain from all electronic entertainment from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22.

kids reading books on the floor

Daycroft students Alexander Lansdell, Clare McClelland, and Josie Anderson experience the transporting power of reading.

The challenge is part of "March Is Reading Month" at Daycroft. Each year in March, the Daycroft community makes a special effort to celebrate the importance and joy of reading. All month, Daycroft students have been logging their reading time, both during school and at home.

"The week-long commitment to no electronics," said Lissa Main, Daycroft's library and technology coordinator, "has helped to keep students on track in reaching their individual and classroom reading goals for the month."

Per Main, the only exceptions to the "turn off your media" rule were for listening to music and when assigned homework required the use of electronic media.

Students who successfully met the "Turn-Off-Your-Media (and Read)!" Challenge will earn a $5 gift certificate toward purchases at Daycroft's annual Book Fair, happening March 30 through April 3. Main continues to collect completion slips from students, and she will know exactly how many challenge winners there are at some point during the Book Fair next week.

In addition, each student attaining his or her "March Is Reading Month" target for total reading time will receive another $5 gift certificate.

The awards are courtesy of the Daycroft Parent Guild, supporters of "March Is Reading Month" and many other school events and activities.

March has also witnessed Daycroft Montessori School's "Read for a Cause" initiative, a community outreach effort in which participating students have obtained monetary pledges from family members and friends keyed to the students' reading achievements for the month. Funds raised through these pledges will be used to purchase new children's books for the Family Book Club of Washtenaw County. This non-profit, charitable organization is dedicated to assuring that all of the area's children, regardless of their family circumstances or means, are able to realize the value of reading and develop a love for it. The Family Book Club donates thousands of children's books to the county's low-income families each year.

About Daycroft Montessori School

Daycroft Montessori School is one of Washtenaw County’s leading independent schools. It began as a preschool program in 1968. Since then, Daycroft has grown to include a full-day kindergarten program, an elementary school program through 6th grade, before-school and after-school care, summer camp programs, and enrichment classes.

Daycroft Elementary School (grades K through 6) and Daycroft’s administrative offices are located at 1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone: (734) 662-3335.

Daycroft Preprimary School (preschool and kindergarten) is at 100 E. Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: (734) 930-0333.

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