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Havre third-graders read a million words


January 10, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Aiyana Kirn and Ela Harber pose for a photograph Monday in Lincoln-McKinley Primary School. Each girl has read more than 1 million words since the start of the school year.

Lincoln-McKinley Primary School third-graders Aiyana Kirn and Ela Harber have each read more than 1 million words this partway through the school year.

Jane Leinwand, the girls' teacher, said the girls are in the Accelerated Reader program. This program is used by Havre Public Schools to assess a student's reading level, determine if a student has completed reading a book, and suggest other books at that level.

Leinwand credited the girls' persistence and their parents for their literary feat.

"They're just good readers. ... They're hard workers. Their parents really encourage them to read," Leinwand said.

Aiyana, who has read 50 books, and Ela, who has read 39, both said Harry Potter books are their favorites.

"They're interesting. There's a lot of action," Aiyana said.

The girls took a quiz for every book read, and between the two of them, only one quiz was failed, Leinwand said.

Aiyana said she wants to be a math teacher when she grows up, and Ela an NFL quarterback. Her favorite team is the Cincinatti Bengals and her father is from Ohio, Ela said.

Lincoln-McKinley Principal Holly Bitz said the girls' accomplishment "shows a drive for learning and understanding."

"That's pretty amazing," she said.

Bitz said there are other students trying to get to 1 million words. The reason, Bitz said, is because they want to have a bubble party, a reward for reaching that milestone.


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