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Middle school students gain an appreciation for reading

MHS Middle Schoolers Get Creative with Reading

To help middle school students get excited about reading, Milton Hershey School’s staff recently planned a book-themed “March Madness” bracket. In honor of National Reading Month and inspired by the men’s basketball tournament that occurs every March across the United States, MHS middle school students are spending time listening to book talks and voting on their favorites.

As novels go head to head in the competition, students gain exposure to a variety of genres and become interested in different characters and plots. Middle school students also have opportunities to create their own book brackets and are encouraged to visit the library throughout the month to see how their picks are progressing in the tournament.

MHS student in the library

“The goal of our March Madness [book tournament] is to further excite students about reading,” said Rachel Reilly, a middle school library media specialist at MHS. “Since this is the second year we have organized the event, many students are already familiar with the tournament. They get very excited and invested in their favorite book winning.”

Throughout National Reading Month, Milton Hershey School has organized several events and activities to celebrate literacy and help students develop a lifelong appreciation for reading. During Read Across America week, MHS elementary students read a different Dr. Seuss book each day and designed their own book trailers.

At Milton Hershey School, instilling a love and respect for reading is part of the top-notch education provided to more than 2,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn more about our academic programming.

March Madness reading activity at MHS