Pictured, from left, are Quapaw School Librarian Laura Heffley, high school student winners Lori Tush, Brittany Stiver, Magen Johnston and Tribal Librarian Pattie Billings. The two winners not pictured are middle school students and their names weren’t released because their awards ceremony hadn’t been held yet.

Quapaw Tribe Supports Reading Initiative With Kindle Fire Donation

ICTMN Staff
5/17/12

To encourage them in their reading endeavors, five students from the Quapaw Middle/High School accelerated reader program were recently the recipients of Amazon Kindle Fire eReaders donated by the Quapaw Tribe.

The tribe has supported the program in the past by awarding trips to Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in Branson, Missouri, to students who have accumulated 100 accelerated reader points throughout the school year.

Points are accumulated based on the number of pages a student reads, but according to school librarian Laura Heffley, every year there are students that go well beyond the 100 point mark.

This year was no exception for the three high school winners of the Kindles. The highest scorer, Magen Johnston, topped out at 539.9 points. She was followed by Brittany Stiver, who managed to accrue 414.4 points. The third-place winner was Lori Tush, who got 323.1 points. Middle school winner Gage Glerup, an eightgh grader scored the highest, 611 points, and seventh-grader Ashton Buffalo, Quapaw, scored 476.6 points.

“It just worked out that these high school winners are actually not tribal members but there are many tribal children in the school and we feel that any type of support that we can give the local school system can benefit them all,” said Doreen A. Finnie, the tribe’s public relations director. “Many of the kids that reached the 100 level and thus got the trip to Silver Dollar City that we helped to sponsor are tribal members.”

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