Quinn students top summer readers for third straight year

By Douglas McCulloch | Nov 09, 2017
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch The top three readers in each grade level pose for a photo.

Over the summer, Quinn Elementary School fourth grader Elena Sobran spent a lot of time hitting the books.

To be exact, she logged 12,469 minutes of reading as part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge - the second-highest individual time logged at Quinn. Quinn students logged a total of 946,163 minutes of reading throughout the summer, enough to come in first place among Massachusetts schools for the third year in a row.

“My mom pushed me to read and I had a lot of books so it worked out,” Sobran said.

Her mother, Christine Sobran, began reading to her daughter when she was still a baby, so her daughter’s love of books wasn’t unusual. Sobran’s favorite summer book was Wonder, by Raquel Jaramillo, about a middle school student who endures bullying because of how he looks.

Other students, like Miles Gardner, also turned to their parents for inspiration over the summer. It wasn’t hard for the first grader to find plenty of books to read, because his mother Laura Gardner is Dartmouth Middle School’s librarian. He logged 7,020 minutes of reading over the summer by reading Harry Potter and every book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series except a new book which just came out.

As part of Quinn’s fourth first-place finish in the competition, Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker stopped by the school on November 9 to present official commendations to the top three readers in each grade level.

”This is getting sort of routine,” Baker said as she added a third plaque to the school’s collection.

Baker added that she travels throughout the state to promote reading, and frequently references Quinn’s success to other schools and students.

Massachusetts First Lady Laura Baker gives first grader Miles Gardner his commendation from the State House. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
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