Capstone Digital Announces Winners of Summer Reading Olympics

Students and School Awarded iPad, Interactive Whiteboard Among Other Prizes

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 2012)Capstone Digital, developer of personalized learning environments for students, announces the winners of the 2012 Summer Reading Olympics. More than 35,000 students and over 1,450 schools participated in this year’s program, which surpassed 1 million books read overall. Designed to support students’ reading development over the summer break, the program challenged students to read as much as possible from June 1 to Aug. 15. All schools using myON™ reader, the personalized literacy environment that provides access to the largest integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports, were invited to participate in the inaugural Summer Reading Olympics.

The top three students and school that spent the most time reading are:

  • Gold Medal: Hillary Q., second grade student from Orange County Public Schools’ Waterbridge Elementary School in Florida. Hillary read 399 hours (more than 16 days) to earn an iPad.
  • Silver Medal: Nikhil M., fifth grade student from Hillsborough County Public Schools‘ Turner Elementary School in Florida. Nikhil read 257 hours (nearly 11 days) to earn a Kindle Fire.
  • Bronze Medal: Paulwin M., fifth grade student from Hillsborough County Public Schools‘ Heritage Elementary School in Florida. Paulwin read 177 hours (more than seven days) to earn an iPod touch.
  • Winning School: Woodburn School District’s Nellie Muir Elementary School in Oregon. Students at the school read the most books to earn an interactive whiteboard from Polyvision.
  • More than 26,000 students will receive a 2012 Summer Reading Olympic Medal of Honor for reading 10 or more books during the summer.

“Studies clearly demonstrate the positive impact of summer reading on student reading development, so we’re thrilled by the significant participation we saw from students and schools across the country,” said Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital. “Tens of thousands of students are better readers thanks to myON reader and the Summer Reading Olympics, proving this a worthwhile program for Capstone Digital.”

Since myON reader launched in January 2011, more than 1.2 million students have logged on to read upwards of 4.25 million books. The personalized literacy environment provides access to the largest integrated library of enhanced digital books with reading supports such as an embedded dictionary, highlighting and audio. To personalize the reading experience, myON reader develops a profile for each student based on interests and reading level using the Lexile® Framework for Reading, and generates a recommended book list to encourage students to read more and further improve their reading skills.

For more information about myON reader, visit www.thefutureinreading.com.

About Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments for students. Offerings include digital books, research databases and audio books, all designed to increase fluency and reading levels for students of all levels. As the flagship product, myON reader provides access to the largest integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports. Using Capstone Digital products, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. For more information, visit www.CapstoneDigital.com or www.TheFutureInReading.com/myon.

Media Contacts
• Jennifer Glidden, Capstone Digital, 952-224-0594, j.glidden@capstonepub.com

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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