2023 SHCS SUMMER
Sacred Heart Students made a Perfect Swan Dive into Reading this Summer
Sacred Heart Catholic School saw an amazing turnout this summer for the “Dive Into Reading” summer reading program. Despite summer jobs, summer vacations, and summer sports we still saw a whopping 81 kiddos at least once, counted by attendance at a summer reading event or submission of a summer reading log. That’s 41% of the school!
75% of our senior class and 71% of our freshman class attended at least 1 session of The Art of Living, where they read and grew in understanding of the three theological virtues and the four cardinal virtues. It was truly an inaugural program year to celebrate on Tuesday, September 26 at 8:00 AM during the quarterly award assembly.
Many thanks to the Muenster Public Library for hosting Thursday reading events and rewarding attendees even further with Sonic food prizes and other gifts. Thanks to the City of Muenster and Knights of Columbus, Council 1459 for hosting Friday night reading events for the high schoolers. We couldn’t have done it without our adult volunteers and readers: Dolores Hofbauer, Karen Moster, Dale Schilling, Elaine Schilling, Cathy Strabala, Glen Swircyznski, Danny Walterscheid, and Carla Zwinggi. And finally, special thanks to the generous donor who fully funded the summer reading program.
Triple reading credit was granted to readers who selected from a list of the classics including Tales of Greek Heroes, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Frankenstein. High school prize winners of a gift card for a Chick-fil-A meal included John Gary Bartush, Andy Bayer, Clint Bezner, James Clark, Timothy Flusche, Cal Ganzon, Sawyer Huchton, Cason Knabe, Cameron Knabe, Ben Strabala, Sam Strabala, and Celeste Villa. The top high school reader was Cameron Whitecotton with 15, 498 pages read; Anna Nasche clinched 2nd place with 4,064 pages read; and Zach Hennigan and Luke Felderhoff duked it out for a tie for 3rd place.
Upper elementary and middle school readers enjoyed cash prizes: Joey Tobin led the pack with 4,377 pages read followed by Madison Tobin with 3,858 pages, Piper May with 3,040 pages, Sean Clark with 1,391 pages, and Leo Hartman with 1,276 pages read. Additional cash prizes went to Robert Rickman, Indigo Dyer, Julia Schmid, and Katelyn Villarreal.
Preschool and Primary readers earned a medium Chick-fil-A waffle fry for every 25 books read. Reading 100 books were Matthew Avery, Brooke Fuhrmann, John Hartman, James Gehrig, Derek Schmid, Landry Towery, Titan Towery, Brooklyn Taylor, Creed Taylor, and Annemarie Rickman. Also reading were Laynie Andrews and Willow Dyer. Additionally, a Chick-fil-A family meal was awarded to Landry Towery, Derek Schmid, and Creed Taylor for their participation.
Grand prize winners went to summer reading participants chosen at random from each age group: Timothy Flusche and Robert Rickman each won a Kindle Fire 10 and Creed Taylor won a family game 4-pack.
A pizza party was enjoyed by the 4th grade where 45% of students turned in reading logs. 2nd and 3rd place were awarded to 2nd grade, with 36% of students submitting reading logs, and 1st grade, with 33% of students submitting reading logs, respectively.