Mifflin Reads

Just as athletes and musicians practice with the goal of improvement, research repeatedly shows that there is a direct correlation between the amount of time children spend reading and their growth as readers. To that end, Governor Mifflin School District introduced Reading Workshop during the 2018-2019 school year. This approach to teaching reading allows elementary students to take ownership of their literacy while teachers aim to create lifelong readers in and out of the classroom. The Reading Workshop model uses tools and strategies to help students select books and comprehend literature in a way that encourages even the most reluctant readers to become successful. Governor Mifflin has partnered with Teachers College, Columbia University, which offers classroom and professional support for the program.

Fast Facts

  • In the first year of Reading Workshop, Governor Mifflin School District purchased more than 23,000 books for our K-6 classrooms. These books are central to small group instruction and independent reading.
  • Thanks to the help of community partners, like our PTOs and UGI, more than 2,300 free books have been distributed to students through our One School, One Book program.
  • At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, each student will have logged at least 15 minutes of independent reading per day. That adds up to the following totals at each elementary building:

Brecknock Elementary: 8,010 minutes
Cumru Elementary: 6,975 minutes
Mifflin Park Elementary: 7,155 minutes
GM Intermediate School: 9,795 minutes

  • In the Summer of 2019, Governor Mifflin School District will install four Little Free Libraries throughout our community at the following locations:

Cumru Elementary Pre-K playground
Brecknock Elementary athletic fields
Shillington Commons Apartments
Governor Mifflin Stadium


The summer break can have a negative impact on progress made during the school year. The Mifflin Reads initiative is designed to be a year-round effort helping to ensure that all students have access to books, regardless of socioeconomic status. The Governor Mifflin Education Foundation helps provide take-home book bundles for students and supports summer reading efforts throughout the district.

Each book bundle is created with a student’s age and interests in mind. Bundles cost $25 each and will directly impact a Governor Mifflin student.

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