BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — It’s that sparkle in their eyes that tells you they can read, said Amy Siegel.
“It’s the most amazing thing when a student looks at a book and reads,” she said, “then looks at you with a sparkle in their eyes. It makes sense and it opens a lot of doors for the future.”
Siegel is a literacy coach at Bountiful Elementary, where she’s seen that spark.
Reading is one of those things everyone needs to do, she said, but typically 20 percent of students need extra support.
That support may be in smaller-group instruction, or with volunteer tutors, but it makes a difference, she said.
“The student knows another person cares about them and is coming to help,” said Siegel.
Two students from each Davis County public school were recognized for their improvement in reading over the past year, and invited to the district offices, where they could select $50 worth of books to read over the summer.
The annual event, now in its 10th year, is sponsored by the Davis Education Foundation, Davis Reads and Scholastic books.
“You can’t succeed in life if you can’t read,” said Virginia Riley, secondary English curriculum supervisor. “It doesn’t matter what you do. It’s important to get every single one of our kids to read.”