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Riley Bloomberg loves reading

Riley Bloomberg loves reading

Riley Bloomberg loves reading

Raven Price, staff writer

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This year at GBMS, students have quickly jumped on the opportunity to collect their Gold Literary Dolphin Cards. The first kids to earn their gold cards were 6th graders Riley Bloomberg, Alex Jenkins, Victoria Barrett, Tori Wells, and Kenna King; 7th graders Allie McLaughlin, Corbett Davis, and David Chavez; and 8th graders Samantha Gilbert and Jasper Bragg. In order to receive a gold card, each student must read at least 11 SSYRA books and one classic literature book. The student must then take a quiz on each book and score a 70% or higher. At the end of the year, all students with their gold cards will go on a field trip to Barnes & Noble with money to buy a new book. 

Riley Bloomberg is one of the few 6th graders to earn a gold card this early in the year. Riley said the reason she decided to read so many books so quickly was because, “I really just did it to be able to read a diverse set of books. There are 15 books that are all completely different, but you can still enjoy them all.” Though Riley read all these books for fun, she gets many benefits. Some of these include a grade bonus from her teacher, a special treat, early lunch, and even the Barnes & Noble trip. 

Next up is Allison Mclaughlin, 7th grade. Allison wanted her gold card so she could attend the Barnes & Noble field trip with her friends. When asked what the importance of getting a gold card is, she responded, “Getting a gold card shows that you can accomplish a certain goal with dedication.” Allison said that the material in her other classes seems easier because of all the reading she does, and after reading all these books her reading speed has grown, making writing essays and finishing homework a lot easier. 

Lastly, Jasper Bragg, 8th grade, decided to read so many books because he wanted the benefits that go along with having a gold card. Jasper collected his platinum card in his previous two years at GBMS, and he has decided his favorite benefit from the card is going to lunch early. Jasper says now, after reading all these books, his vocabulary has grown and his writing has improved. 

It‘s not too late for YOU to earn your gold card, so get going, Dolphins! 

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