PARMA, Ohio-- Green Valley Elementary School in Parma is the home of the little sprouts who have recorded big successes. The latest honor for the kindergarteners through fourth graders is being named this week’s FOX 8 'Cool School.'
Green Valley Elementary has repeatedly been recognized as an "Excellent with Distinction" school. "Our students are our number one focus at all times. And, we work really hard throughout the school year to get them where they need to be so that they are absolutely ready for the test at the end of the year," teacher, Amanda Batzel, said.
Teachers have incorporated technology into new math and reading programs. But, nothing replaces a good book.
The theme for the year is "paws for reading." The school-wide goal is for students to collectively read a million minutes this year. It encourages students, who would not otherwise read, to pick up a book at home. “And not only are they reading just to read, they're ready for a purpose. They come in and they share and they talk about the exciting books that have read. They talk to each other. They motivate each other. We have kindergarteners reading whole books," Batzel added.
Not only are they a community of learners, they are a community that likes to serve. "We've done a food drive to help people who can't provide food for their families for Thanksgiving,” third grader, Mai’lani Morris, said.
A group of fourth graders added why they think Green Valley Elementary is such a Cool School. “Because of all the great things that they allow us to do, the great qualities they teach us. And, the fun activities that happen in the middle, beginning and end of the year."