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Congratulations are in order all around for Forest Brook Elementary on the completion of the “LightSail New Year’s Challenge” by 4th and 5th graders! The school came in 2nd place nationally!
An assembly was held at Forest Brook on Friday, February 15th in order to announce and award the student participants. Forest Brook Principal, Kristen Reingold, said “Thank you to all our friends and families for joining us today, and to our 3rd graders for coming to our assembly. We wanted to give you a chance to see what you can do with iPads when you get to 4th grade!”
“LightSail” is an app to a digital library that has personalized book selections tailored to individual student abilities. Students earn badges for successfully completing books and assessments and can track their own progress. Since the app launched in September, Forest Brook students have read an incredible 274,506 minutes and 6,268 books!
In December, Forest Brook was presented with the opportunity to participate in the “LightSail New Year’s Reading Challenge.” Hundreds of schools participated from across the nation. Students and teachers at Forest Brook embraced the challenge and displayed incredible reading stamina by reading a total of 154,558 minutes! This resulted in an average of over 1,200 minutes per student. Principal Reingold said to the students, “I am incredibly proud of your effort and perseverance.”
Winners of the challenge are:
Grace Galarza - 4567 minutes - First Place at Forest Brook and 5th in the Nation
Ryan Sapugay - 4542 minutes - Second Place at Forest Brook and 6th in the Nation

Ms. Gatto’s and Ms. Huber’s class came in First Place at Forest Brook with a total of 54,154 minutes read.