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Staff Photo by Joel Turner: These three students were the top readers in English teacher Beverly Mullins sixth-grade classes at Benjamin Franklin Middle School that read more than 32 million words this year. From left are Ethan Betterton, first place; Sarah Hodges, third place; and Nelson Spicer, second place.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

By JOEL TURNER - Staff Writer

The top three readers in English teacher Beverly Mullins' classes at Benjamin Franklin Middle School love Harry Potter novels and movies, and the Warrior novel series.

Ethan Betterton, Nelson Spicer and Sarah Hodges were the top three readers in the sixth-grade classes, which read more than 32 million words this school year.

Betterton received the first-place trophy and certificate for reading the most words. Spicer was second, and Hodges placed third.

The top three readers received their trophies and certificates Friday when all of the students in Mullins' classes who met their reading goals for the year took a field trip to the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke to see a movie and have lunch.

Betterton, who attended Ferrum Elementary School, is the son of Mark and Kelly Betterton.

Spicer, who attended Callaway Elementary, is the son of Field and Brooke Spicer.

Hodges attended Dudley Elementary. Her parents are Jim and Rebecca Layne.

Combined, the students in Mullins' classes read 1,015 books, mainly fiction and novels for children and adolescents.

Mullins assigns 20 minutes of reading as homework each school night. Her students also read 10 minutes at the beginning of each school day.

The students participated in an Accelerated Reader program, which includes a computer assessment that determines whether or not a student has read a book.

The Accelerated Reader software provides information to students regarding reading rates, amount of reading and other variables related to reading.

"Besides reading certificates, candy and other rewards, the main benefit to the students is that it increases their vocabulary, comprehension skills and fluency," Mullins said.

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