In it's fifth year the Scholastic Summer Challenge encourages reading throughout the vacation months.
All participants must have a user name and password. Users can track their minutes read on their own private page at the Summer Challenge site. Upon registration the school name and location will be requested. This is just so a record can be kept of the total minutes read school wide. No school information will ever be displayed in relation to a particular student. The student, the student's parent or the student's teacher can provide this information.
Teachers can "bulk" register students and add to this list at any time. Randomly generated user names and passwords are created. When students log-in the first time they are required to change their password. The new password is unique to them and for their eyes only. Teachers can still track their minutes read by class or grade level if they have multiple classes. Parents can also receive email updates about their child's minutes and progress in the reading challenge.
If a child/young adult wishes to participate by registering on their own that is available too. No personal information is ever asked except for country, state, gender and age. Only the username chosen will ever be displayed. A new user is also asked to select a security question and to provide an answer. If the student is under 13 years of age they will be asked to provide a parent's email address where consent can be given. When a child/young adult signs up they have the option of creating a THE STACKS account.
THE STACKS is Scholastic's site about books and reading for tweens, where children can create profiles and communicate with other children about books, authors and other subjects of interest.
At the end of the Summer challenge all school information is deleted from the students' accounts but they continue to have a Scholastic.com account, including user name and password, and the user's minutes read, badges and prizes won will continue to appear in that user's profile and widget(if any).
During the summer of 2011 I have registered as a teacher/library media specialist for Charlevoix Middle School keeping track of our students' minutes read. In addition to receiving any of the incentives provided at the Scholastic web site, prizes for the top reader in each grade will be provided at the end of the Summer Challenge by Mrs. Culver. Let's read everyone and put Charlevoix Middle School in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records. Let 's show the world what we can do!