CWECC first-graders are No. 9 in the nation in reading challenge

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Stephanie Boyd-Walker’s first grade class at Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center was one of the Top 10 Classrooms in Epic!'s 2019 Spring Into Reading Challenge. The students came in 9th place in the nation, having read a staggering 7,349 books in one week!
Boyd-Walker’s class is the only grand prize winner in South Carolina, and tens of thousands of classrooms across the country participated in this challenge.
As a Top 10 winner, the class won $100 toward an ice cream party, each student won a 6-month subscription to Epic!, and a swag pack filled with Epic-branded goodies. Students also earned another $100 for having read over 10,000 books (the class has read 18,000 total so far) this school year! Students also earned an Epic! reading badge and reading certificate. Oh, and these sunglasses (shown in accompanying photo).
These first grade students love to read and most are now reading above their grade level.