Students #MakeItCountPBC, Read for the Gold During Summer Reading Challenge

Sandpiper Shores Elementary Students and Staff Celebrating First Place in the Read for the Gold Summer Reading Contest

Students and staff at Sandpiper Shores Elementary School celebrate winning first place for the elementary division in the District’s “Read for the Gold” Summer Reading Contest.

As part of the School District of Palm Beach County’s summer learning initiatives, the Division of Teaching and Learning offered all District students and teachers the opportunity to “Read for the Gold” through participation in a summer reading challenge.

Participants were asked to submit a Google form for each book they read, indicating their rating for the book as well as what they learned. Bonus points were given if the participant also created a review using technology, such as a video, slideshow or PowToons.

More than 8,000 entries from students and teachers at 124 schools were received during this year’s contest. After reviewing the submissions, nine schools received plaques for gold, silver, or bronze level reading.

Schools encouraged reading by sending reminder messages home, creating videos or presentations, offering rewards or parties as incentives for participation, and promoting the contest on their websites. Congratulations to the following “Read for the Gold” award winners:


• Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts
• Palm Springs Middle
• Sandpiper Shores Elementary


• Independence Middle
• Jerry Thomas Elementary
• Jupiter High


• Eagles Landing Middle
• Lake Worth High
• Marsh Pointe Elementary

The top books during this year’s competition were Wonder, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Night of the Living Worms, RulesA Long Walk Home, The Other Wes MooreAnd Then There was None and The Glass Castle.