Henry County Public Schools, located in rural Virginia, is home to 10 Title I elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. Many students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and their access to reading material outside of school time can be limited.
School leaders have implemented myON across all elementary and middle schools in an effort to increase student engagement, and they have plans to expand into 9th grade to ensure that students have the opportunity to read at home.
“We wanted to have a program where students could access literature online 24/7, so having myON opened up a whole world of access to books that we would, by no means, be able to house in our school libraries,” said Wendy Durham, Director of K-12 Instruction.
“We also had to offer a variety of books children can choose from, and myON provided that for us, too,” she continued. The broad collection of nonfiction supports student engagement, particularly among boys, who are sometimes harder to reach.
Durham and her colleagues have started increasing in- school reading time with self-sustained silent reading for at least 20 minutes during the school day.