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January 22, 2014

Anderson writes letters for his students

Jason Anderson, Academic Coach and Second Chance Reading Instructor at Pella Middle School, has written a lot of letters over the last four years.

He’s gotten a lot of responses too - usually by way of a package or large box.

Every year, for the past four, Anderson has written a personalized letter to every Division I football program, Major League Baseball, National Basketball League, National Football League and National Hockey League team in the country asking for reading ‘prizes’ for his students.

“I also write every college in the midwest with over 1,000 students enrolled,” Anderson said. “The Division One football programs are the best. They send posters, t-shirts, all kinds of stuff.”

Anderson said the words of encouragement that come along with the prizes is great as well.

“The kids see that I am working for them, writing these letters, and they work hard for me in return,” Anderson said. “I write letters for about an hour after school most days. I have even written letters to NASCAR drivers and Triple-A baseball teams. The best way to catch Major League teams is on spring break, so I have those letter ready to send here at the end of February.”

Anderson says he has seen test scores improve in reading since his idea to add a little incentive for the students to work hard started.

“I hope we see two-years of (reading) growth by the end of the year,” he said. “The students get to pick prizes by the number of pages they have read.”

Anderson estimates his 7th grade class has read close to 50,000 pages to date.

“For my male students, there is a good chance I am their first male reading teacher,” Anderson said. “It’s been awesome to see the kids work hard. The area professional and college teams have been great to work with. They are always sending me something. Some time I don’t even ask for it and I will get a package from a team.”

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