South Lee students get help with reading program

Teacher and event coordinator Bob Scoppettuolo with Miss A-Miracle.

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Teacher and event coordinator Bob Scoppettuolo with Miss A-Miracle.

Teacher and event coordinator Bob Scoppettuolo with Miss A-Miracle.

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Teacher and event coordinator Bob Scoppettuolo with Miss A-Miracle.

Chris Cates (in hat), Miss A-Miracle, and Steve Singleton in the media center reading with students.

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Chris Cates (in hat), Miss A-Miracle, and Steve Singleton in the media center reading with students.

Miss A-Miracle checks out books in media center.

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Miss A-Miracle checks out books in media center.

-- Who: Bob Scoppettuolo

-- Position: Grade five teacher

-- School: San Carlos Park Elementary School

-- Principal: Jill Van Waus

-- Assistant principal: Tammy Forkey

Bob Scoppettuolo, 33-year teacher and graduate of Boston State College, has spent the last 22 years living in Southwest Florida and teaching at San Carlos Park Elementary School.

He is keeping things fun and exciting for his students, by heading up a program designed to ignite a passion for reading. The latest reading related activity was held at the school, last week and involved a school visit by Miss A-Miracle, official Miracle ball team mascot, with ball players in tow.

Scoppettuolo provided details about the visit and an upcoming future Miracle ball team event.

The Banner: Can you describe your general classroom activities?

B.S.: All classes participate in the Accelerated Reader program throughout the year. Students choose books that interest them, on their individual reading level, read them and then take a computerized multiple-choice test on the book. During May, students who have maintained at least an 80 percent average on the tests and meet their Accelerated Reading (AR) goals, are entered into drawings to win “Miracle” baseball team prizes, such as baseballs, hair ties and bracelets.

T.B.: In what ways have you involved the students with the Miracle ball team?

B.S.: We developed “Reading is a Hit” night,” scheduled for Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Sports Complex, where the Miracle team will face off against the St. Lucie Mets. The main purpose of “Reading is a Hit” night” is to promote the importance of reading throughout the school. We are having special prizes and reading incentives awarded at school prior to the game.

T.B.: What other activities are scheduled for that night?

B.S.: We will also have the SCPE Voices, our own singers, under the direction of music teacher, Ms. Rigney, perform the National Anthem and we also have two contests running. One is a poster contest for all grades on the 10 reasons why their class should sing the song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” during the 7th inning stretch. The other is an essay contest on the topic: “Why reading is important.” The contest winners will also participate in a special event prior to the game.

T.B.: What is the highlight of the night?

B.S.: The highlight of the night will be the selection of two students to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. These will be the two top students with the highest reading average and the most AR points attained for the year. We will also have free hot dogs, salsa and chips for the students from 6 to 7 p.m. An adult must accompany all students.

T.B.: What is the cost of a ticket for the event?

B.S.: The cost is $6 per box ticket, sold here at the school and $7 at the game.

T.B.: Do you have future plans for the program?

B.S.: Yes, we plan to continue this program here at San Carlos Park Elementary as one of our great traditions.

This is our 10th annual event.

If you know of a student or teacher with a special achievement, contact Jean Amodea at jean@entertainmentdirect.org.

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