John Mills 4th Grader Wins Reading Award from Chicago Blackhawks

Alicja Rusek logged more than six hours and over 700 pages during September to become one of the top five readers in the Blackhawks' reading program.

Alicja Rusek logged more than six hours and over 700 pages during September to become one of the top five readers in the Blackhawks' reading program. (Photo courtesy of John Mills Elementary School)


Congratulations to John Mills Elementary School student Alicja Rusek, who was among the top five readers for September in the Chicago Blackhawks' reading program.

The 4th grader logged more than six hours of reading — over 700 pages! — in the month of September. 

Due to her efforts and hard work, Alicja scored two Chicago Blackhawk game tickets and a reading award certificate signed by a Blackhawks player. 

She is featured on the Chicago Blackhawks website as a Top Five Reader in all of Chicagoland. 

The Blackhawks' reading program is designed to encourage students in grades 2-6 to read in and out of the classroom. From September through February, the Blackhawks honor five students per month who compile the most pages read.

Each teacher who participates is given access to a reading log sheet and a class progression chart for their students, which the teacher can use to track how many pages are read at home and in the classroom.

Teachers collect their students' reading logs and add up the number of pages read. Each month, teachers submit their classroom's total pages read and a top reader of the month.

John Mills co-teachers Nicole Warren and Collin Sylvano submitted their language arts students' reading logs to the Blackhawks for the month of September.

"I registered the class, tracked the total of minutes and pages read for each student, and submitted the hours on the last Monday of the month," Ms. Warren said.

She noted that Alicja's favorite books are "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and the "Dork Diaries."

Said Ms. Warren: "John Mills is lucky to have such a dedicated reader like Alicja!"


John Mills teachers Collin Sylvano and Nicole Warren congratulate Alicja Rusek on being named one of the top five readers for September in the Chicago Blackhawks' reading program.

PHOTO: John Mills teachers Collin Sylvano and Nicole Warren congratulate Alicja Rusek on being named one of the top five readers for September in the Chicago Blackhawks' reading program. Click image to enlarge view (photo courtesy of John Mills Elementary School).


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