Antioch students make county history in Book It! reading contest


Kelli Correa, right, stands beside her fifth-grade reading class for a group photo following a pizza party on Monday. Correa’s Cougars ranked 70th among Book It’s Top 100 Reading Classrooms in the country.

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Kelli Correa's fifth-grade reading class at Antioch Elementary School received a surprise on Monday afternoon when Pizza Hut representatives presented a pizza party and other prizes.

The students earned the party after ranking 70th of Book It’s "Top 100 Reading Classrooms" in the country.

The restaurant’s incentive-based Book It program has promoted reading since 1985. Students now use an online minutes tracker to log the number of minutes each student reads over six months. 

More than 14 million children and 680,000 classrooms across the country participated in this year’s program. Correa’s Cougars logged 144,520 minutes of reading. The school itself logged more than 325,000 minutes. 

This purportedly was a first for Okaloosa County.

"Pizza Hut has had restaurants here for the past 25 years, and this was the first time they ever had a top 100 winner," representative Doug Dildy said.

Students received free pizza and cake for their accomplishment, and each received a gift bag that included a certificate, coupons and other prizes.

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