The school year may be over, but learning hasn’t stopped at Lowell Area Schools. The district’s annual Arrow Readers on the Move program is underway, and students in grades P-5 can earn a prize for spending some time with a good book in the weeks ahead. Plus, LAS is continuing its food distribution program throughout the summer to ensure no child goes hungry.
Arrow Readers on the Move Goes Online
In a normal year, the Arrow Readers on the Move program would include in-person activities such as mystery guest readers. However, 2020 has been anything but normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned this year’s program into an online event, but students can still earn great prizes from reading at home.
The premise of Arrow Readers on the Move is simple: read books and win a prize. To track their reading, students take Accelerated Reader tests from home. Each grade level has a different AR point goal:
- Preschool – 2 points
- K-1st Grade – 4 points
- 2nd-3rd Grade – 6 points
- 4th-5th Grade – 8 points
Once a student reaches their point goal, their parent can fill out a prize form with the student’s choice of 10 different prize options including an ice cream token to the Red Barn Market, free small pizza from B.C. Pizza, jump rope, sidewalk chalk and Arrow Readers t-shirt among other choices. Prizes can be picked on Tuesdays and Fridays from Alto Elementary or Impact Church.
LAS Food Distribution Schedule
In these uncertain times, Lowell Area Schools is working to make sure no child has to miss a midday meal this summer. The district has a breakfast and lunch program that will continue throughout the summer months until August 14, 2020.
As has been the case during the school shut down, food will continue to be distributed twice a week at Alto Elementary and Impact Church through June 26, 2020. At these locations, food will be available free of charge on Tuesday and Friday from 11am-12pm and 6-7pm.
After June 26, the distribution will move to the Lowell High School cafeteria. Pick-up dates will continue to be Tuesdays and Fridays, but the time will change to 11am-12:30pm.
Although the food distribution program only takes place two days a week, enough food is provided so students will have daily meals until the next pick-up date. The program is available free of charge to youth age 18 and younger, and there are no income limits or paperwork requirements.