Students at St. James Lutheran School in Quincy helped set a national record during the "Read the Most from Coast to Coast" reading event on March 1.
Students participating across the country set a record by passing 4,409,622 Accelerated Reader quizzes in one day. This topped last year's record of 3,581,992 quizzes passed in a single day by U.S. students.
Accelerated Reader is a reading software program used in connection with a national reading campaign. When students read a book at the appropriate reading level, they take a computerized quiz that measures their comprehension.
As part of the March 1 event, the Web-based service tracked quizzes passed across the U.S. that day and shared the results in real time through an online quiz counter.
Nathan Landskroener, principal of St. James Lutheran, said his students enjoyed being part of "a shared reading adventure" while becoming better readers.
"Seeing real-time progress toward the goal was fun for students, and they enjoyed being part of a national effort," he said in a press release. "They were really excited when they topped last year's quiz-taking record."