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Schools Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012 - 10:35:52 AM

Cainhoy Elementary's Roscoe readers celebrate with teachers, volunteers, Daniel Island Rotary and four furry friends
By Jennifer Johnston
May 30, 2012 - 9:39:02 AM

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Cainhoy Elementary vice principal Angela Prioleau shows off some of the books the kids will be adding to their personal libraries. “This not only increases their vocabulary,” Prioleau imparts, “But also helps tremendously with their reading comprehension.”


The top readers in each grade level, as well as one lucky drawing winner, are awarded with new bicycles! The proud new bike owners pose with Roscoe Reading volunteers (2- and 4- legged).


Party-goers choose cupcakes provided by Brent and Charlie McCurdy, Cainhoy Elementary’s Roscoe Reading ambassadors.

The Roscoe Reading Program, developed in 2002 for Berkeley County schools, aims to motivate elementary-age students to become lifelong readers. Roscoe was a search-and-rescue trained bloodhound who visited area schools to teach safety, but inadvertently encouraged students to read and write as they penned and shared the stories of their experiences with him. It happened one day that a group of fourth graders asked their teacher for permission to kiss Roscoe, and she shrewdly replied, “If you exceed our reader goals!” It was all the incentive they needed.

Ten years later, Roscoe Reading is still led by the owner of the dog who started it all, Marietta Hicks, with volunteer effort from several registered therapy dogs and their handlers. As of 2012, fourteen schools participate in the points-based program, allowing for over 3,000 first-through-fifth grade students to earn more books, an ice cream party, a chance to win a bicycle and, of course, a little quality time with some very special dogs.

On Tuesday, May 22, Cainhoy Elementary hosted its fourth Roscoe Reading celebration, welcoming over 140 students to mark their achievements and enjoy some well-deserved treats.
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