Submitted by Sammie Catalanotto 

As part of the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard/Arabi’s Literacy & Academics Program, the Kiwanis Club sponsors the W. Smith Elementary Reading Incentive program to provide incentives to help increase reading skills and reading enjoyment. This year third through fifth-grade students who show significant growth in their STAR reading assessment and meet their Lexia goal for the month are rewarded with a pizza party and the chance to win a Fire tablet. One student each month is drawn from the winners and receives an Amazon Fire 7 notepad. The Kiwanis Literacy and Academics Programs are dedicated to reading programs such as Read Around the World, Summer Read to Ride, School Book Fairs, Reading Incentive Program, and other programs in their Ready for Reading fund. St. Bernard/Arabi Kiwanis Club is a local community service organization of volunteers, sponsoring other school programs like Terrific Kids and Terrific Teens along with Aktion Club, Key Club, Builders Clubs, and K-Kids Clubs in the schools. The Kiwanis motto is, “Kiwanis is dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.” 

For information on joining St. Bernard/Arabi Kiwanis Club, please contact Robby Showalter at 504-616-7312 or join the Kiwanis Club for lunch every Tuesday, 12 noon at Rocky and Carlos.

Shown is this month’s winner, 3rd grader Kaisyn Banks with Kiwanis member Sam Catalanotto and W. Smith Elementary Reading Incentive Program Director, Asst. Principal Ms. Cassandra Reddick.