Reporter: Melissa McKinney
OZARK, AL (WSFA) -- For the folks at Mixon Elementary School, it was a day of celebration.
And it should be. They're one of only six schools in the state to receive the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader Master School award--recognizing excellence in reading and comprehension. It's the first time Mixon participated in the program.
"They had to learn how to take the test and how to read a book to understand it, and be able to spit it all back out for the test and make a good grade," says first grade teacher, Sarah Young.
But it wasn't just one book. Students read a total of 50,526 books. That's an average of 92 per student. It's hard work that's paying off for Elisa Thomas.
"We actually learn a lot from reading because in math and science and other subjects, we also read," says Thomas.
More than 60,000 schools are in the program nationwide, but only 127 are classified as Master schools. It's a title teachers say was a team effort.
"They have done an amazing job. The parents are the ones that are keeping them going. We're just acting as cheerleaders," says Young.
As for Elisa, the program has opened her eyes to the joys of getting lost in a good book.