TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Unified School District officials believe literacy doesn’t stop when students leave school and nearly 200 students across the District agreed with them this summer.

Students in 12 elementary schools and all 6 middle schools read more than 400,000 pages this summer in the District’s 3rd annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Vail Ranch Middle School, with a combined total of 46,651 pages read, was the top reading middle school, while Pauba Valley, with a combined total of 74,314 pages read, logged the most pages for the elementary schools. California Coast Credit Union sponsored a pizza party for the participating readers at VRMS in early January and will sponsor another party for the 54 PVES participants later this year.

Michelle Ling, a 5th grader at Vintage Hills Elementary, was the top primary grade reader, logging 12,724 pages read. Jessica Taylor, a 6th grader at Vail Ranch Middle School, was the top middle school reader with 15,470 pages logged during the challenge. Ling and Taylor both received a gift certificate to a local book store for their accomplishments.

The Summer Reaching Challenge encourages students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade to continue their literacy efforts throughout the summer months. Literacy efforts were recorded on reading logs, which detail the number of pages a student reads at any given time. Parents, guardians or adults signed off on students’ achievements.