Crane Country Day School Community Finds Joy in Reading for Fun | School zone

Posted on September 30, 2022
| 4:11 p.m.

Students, staff and faculty read a total of 1,190,514 book pages over the summer

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Crane School kindergarten, first and second grade students who read over 10,000 pages for the summer reading challenge have lunch with school principal Joel Weiss and librarian Traci Cope from school. (Courtesy picture)

At Crane Country Day School, the first few weeks of school are a cause for celebration as the school community – K-8 students, staff and faculty – recognizes their collective efforts to reach a reading goal of summer of 1 million pages.

All members of the community are invited to read or listen to at least 1,000 pages of books over the summer. Some years the target is not met, but this year saw a 19% increase over the previous year, with a total of 1,190,514 pages read.

Counting the total number of pages is exciting, and the possibility of earning unlimited book release privileges throughout the year, or a special lunch with school principal Joel Weiss for students who each read more than 10,000 pages is a bonus.

But the real reward of the challenge is seeing the community work together and reap the benefits of reading choice.

Crane School Librarian Traci Cope leads the project and creates an experience that invites all reading levels and interests, and emphasizes joy and community building. Cope offers all Crane School students access to the school library during the summer, as well as free audiobook and e-book options.

The tradition of summer reading at Crane School has adapted over the years to include changes in technology, as well as to incorporate findings from studies that show that children who read for pleasure are more likely to excel in school in several subjects.

Crane’s transition years ago from assigning books to encouraging self-selected reading is in line with its mission to celebrate the joy of learning and one of the school’s core values. , Find Joy in the Pursuit.

In a communication to the Crane families, Cope said, “I’m so proud of our community of readers! Thank you, Crane families, for encouraging your students to read for fun! It makes a huge difference in their lives and in their education. You make it happen!”

Crane Country Day School serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information on admission, contact Erin Guerra, 805-969-7732 ext. 106 or visit

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