Four Riverside County students win tablets in summer reading contest

More than 2,000 students in Riverside County read over 10 million words this summer as part of a Riverside County schools’ campaign.

The top four readers in the Summer Reading Challenge ended their vacations with iPad tablets as prizes.

Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Edwin Gomez, second from left, gives a free iPad to student Eloise Del Barrio, a winner in the Summer Reading Challenge. At far left is Jennifer Root, the Menifee Union School District’s superintendent. At right is Mike Reyes, principal of Evans Ranch Elementary School. (Courtesy of Riverside County Office of Education)

Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Edwin Gomez, far right, gives an iPad to student Melissa Ordonez, a winner in the Summer Reading Challenge. From left are Ryan Lewis, Lake Elsinore Unified School District superintendent; Lori Recatto, Railroad Canyon Elementary School’s principal; Alain Guevara, a Lake Elsinore Unified School District assistant superintendent; and Heather Ordonez, Melissa’s mother. (Courtesy of Riverside County Office of Education)

From left are Arronda Douglas, Menifee Valley Middle School’s principal; Bertha Barba, aunt of Diego Barba; student Diego Barba; Edwin Gomez, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools; and Jennifer Root, Menifee Union School District superintendent. Diego won an iPad as a winner of the Summer Reading Challenge in Riverside County. (Courtesy of Riverside County Office of Education)

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The challenge was for students to read 5 million words between June 15 and July 31, a Riverside County Office of Education news release states. In the end, the goal set by Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Edwin Gomez was surpassed.

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“Students who focused on their individual reading skills over the summer have returned to school this fall with new language skills, enhanced individual confidence and a greater understanding of their world unlocked through the power of literacy,” Gomez said in the release.

Students read nearly 13,000 books, wrote 10,000 digital books and played nearly 60,000 interactive learning games.

At the end of the Summer Reading Challenge, the most prolific readers were rewarded with iPads for their time spent reading and learning using the Footsteps2Brilliance platform, the release states.

Finishing at the top were:

Diego Barba Perez, a sixth-grader in the Menifee Union School District
Melissa Ordonez, a kindergartener in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Eloise Del Barrio, a kindergartener in the Menifee Union School District
Keyla Ramos, a kindergartener in the Coachella Valley Unified School District

For his first-place finish, Diego completed 287 books, wrote 73 books and read a total of 99,484 words  — reading in English and Spanish.