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Student from Independence Earns Prestigious Literacy Award

Kaleb Watson, a 4th grade student at Summit View Academy, has been named one of only 15 recipients of the prestigious 2016 180 Student Awards.

The awards, now in their tenth year, honor students across the United States for turning their academic careers around by achieving reading and math literacy using READ 180, MATH 180 and System 44, intervention programs that use adaptive technology to personalize instruction for students and accelerate growth.

Watosn stood out in the application process because of the impact his literacy gains have had on other areas of his life. He struggled and felt frustrated at school for years before enrolling in the READ 180 program. A member of his school’s archery team, Watson has found that his ability to read and understand tournament rules and instructions has led to more success on the archery range. Through the confidence he has gained in school, he has also developed stronger leadership skills throughout the year.

“In this program, I’ve seen him come out of his shell and build confidence, not only to feel comfortable reading out loud in front of his peers, but to help others when he sees they need extra help," said Edie Chow, Watson's teacher. "I believe the confidence that Kaleb has gained from being in the READ 180 classroom is going to continue to help him grow as a reader, as a student, and as a young man. I know he is going to be successful in school and in whatever he chooses to do for the rest of his life.”

“I used to feel frustrated and I felt like I was going to give up," said Watson. "READ 180 helps me read better, and helps me build my confidence in reading and in my other classes. When my younger sister had trouble with reading, I couldn’t always help her. Now, I’m excited because I can.”

Watson will receive a $1,000 prize to be used toward his education, while the Kenton County School District will receive $1,000 worth of HMH educational materials for use in classrooms.  

- Staff report/Photo: Kaleb Watson (provided)