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Henderson County Schools Reading Initiative 
Winter Reading Challenge
Henderson County Schools will host a Winter reading challenge starting December 20, 2017 and concluding April 6, 2018.
The challenge involves taking a picture or video of your child reading, being read to, or taking a book selfie and posting the picture on Facebook or Twitter using #HCSreads. At the end of every month, a drawing will occur and a book themed prize will be given away at random.  All Henderson County students Pre-K through 12th grade are eligible to win.
 Check out Henderson County Schools Reading Videos:

Volunteer Opportunity-Reading Extravangza

 Volunteers are needed for HCS Reading Extravaganza Day.

When: Friday, March 2nd-National Read Across America Day
Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Where: Henderson County Elementary Schools and TBJ Early Learning Center
What to Bring: Bring your favorite book and read for 20 minutes to a classroom.
Also, make sure to bring your identification when visiting any Henderson County School.

    This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for community members who have a love of reading. Simply, pick a school, pick a book, and then visit a classroom to read on March 2nd.


For more information please contact:
Cindy Williams at or
Megan Mortis at


Henderson County Schools Literacy Nights

Henderson County Schools will be hosting literacy nights throughout the school year to promote the importance of literacy and reading for families. Literacy Nights include dinner, literacy games, prizes, activities, community organization booths, and the Brain Bus makes a special appearance at the elementary schools.

February 20th-South Middle School Literacy Night
February 22nd-Spottsville Literacy Night
March 1st-South Height Literacy Night
March 6th- HCHS Literacy Night
March 6th-North Middle School Literacy Night
March 20th-Niagara Elementary School Literacy Night

Babies Need Words

As part of our reading initiative, Henderson County Schools is participating in a campaign developed by the Association of Library Service to Children.  Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play is a public awareness campaign created to help bridge the Thirty Million Word Gap. Research shows by the time children from low-income families reach the age of four, they will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers.  This word gap influences a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life.  We are hoping with this campaign we can help close that gap so students are more prepared when they start kindergarten.  

We have inviting posters with ideas to build literacy skills to educate and support parents and caregivers.  These posters are designed to help families understand the importance of enriching communication with their babies and young children.  We’re hoping to hang the posters throughout the community in highly visible areas.  We have a book list brochure to help parents choose quality books for reading at home.

Research continues to prove that by investing in high-quality, early-childhood education, communities can, over the long term, reduce crime and improve health and education outcome for their residents.  We are inviting anyone in the community who would like to partner with us to please contact Stephanie Smith at Henderson County School board office.  We will provide the poster and brochures.

With this campaign we can reach families of all backgrounds and offer ideas and support for raising children who are ready for school.


For more information click here
READ 20 Minutes Everyday!
Reading for 20 minutes a day exposes a person to 1.8 million words a year. Early exposure to language is the greatest factor in language development and listening to other people read aloud is an important part of learning to read. 
Henderson County Public Library
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For more information about Henderson County Schools Reading Programs Contact:
Henderson County Schools Reading Coordinator
Stephanie Smith
National Board Certified Teacher