On Friday, April 7th, JMS students who had read at least three Sunshine State Young Reader Award titles were invited to vote for their favorite book. On hand to give students a real-world experience using touch-screen voting machines were Supervisor of Elections Mr. Charles Overturf, and Chief Deputy of Election Systems Ms. Jennifer Adkisson. Students voted for their favorite book and then enjoyed cookies, cupcakes, and soda. Prizes were also given to all attendees and the following three students won $10 gift cards: Nicholas Sotherden, Ke’Maria Hunter and Neaveh Hamilton.
When asked about the event William Griffis, an 8th grader who has read all 15 Sunshine State titles stated, “It was fun and I really liked the touch-screen. And the cupcakes!”
Seventh grader Destiny Mack stated, “I really enjoyed reading all 15 books and I plan to do it again next year!”
The event was planned, funded, and supervised by Mrs. Debra Gastelum, JMS Library Media Specialist.
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Once students vote, school results are added to a state-wide tally. This year, JMS chose “Bot Wars” as the favorite with “The Neptune Challenge” coming in at a close second. State-wide results showed “The Neptune Challenge” as the overall winner.