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Port Salerno Students Double Reading Goal

Teacher Jollyn Nolan
with 3rd grade reading class

Last year, Assistant Principal Larry Green of Port Salerno Elementary spent an entire day on the roof of the school reading to students. He challenged them to read 3,000 books in five weeks, but they more than doubled that goal, reading 7,347 books. The students were excited and so was Green as he read stories to them that included The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.

After Port Salerno earned a D in 1998, Principal Tracey Miller and Assistant Principal Green decided changes were needed to improve reading. They now use several grants to focus attention on helping students who are not prepared to enter school, such as The Break Through Literacy Kindergarten Grant, the Beacon 21st Century Learning Grant (for after school programs that provide snacks and transportation) and The Robert & Mary Pew Grant (that provides free field trips for underprivileged kids). "It is hard for many of the students to comprehend readings when they never experienced most of the things they read about," said Green. "Last year, we were able to take 60 kids to a Florida Panthers baseball game."

To: Port Salerno Elementary School Safety Patrols,
Keep up the good work! Jeb Bush

Thanks to the high expectations of Principal Miller, Assistant Principal Green and staff,
Port Salerno Elementary School has steadily improved its grade. Now an A school, Port Salerno also benefits from its partnerships with the community. There are number of senior mentors who help the students with their learning. Most recently, the employees of a local Toyota dealership rewarded 50 new bikes to students who achieved high scores on the FCAT.

Port Salerno Elementary also believes that a safe learning environment leads to higher student achievement. Through the Safety Patrol, a group of fifth graders help with monitoring the school in the morning. They make sure the students walk, and not run, in the hallways on their way to class. They greet students upon arrival and help open car doors as students are dropped off by parents. Every year, as a reward, the Safety Patrol takes a trip to Tallahassee. The three-day, two-night trip is partially funded by local businesses. Last year's group was fortunate enough to meet Governor Bush and share their school's success story with him.

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