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November 4, 2018 GMT

TYNGSBORO -- There was a fairy-tale ending for those who worked hard to achieve their reading goals during the Academy of Notre Dame’s Lower School Readathon to support the Library Learning Commons.

Academy students in grades pre-K through 8 logged thousands of minutes during the 10-day readathon. During that time, students contracted with sponsors who agreed to contribute money based on how many minutes they read or, for students in pre-K and K1, how many minutes someone read to them. Students logged their reading time to track their minutes.

Half of the money the students collected went directly back to them in the form of gift vouchers, redeemable at the Scholastic Book Fair being held that was held this past week. The students’ dedication to reading earned them prizes, including gift certificates to the book fair, dress-down days and homework passes.

The other half of the money, a total of $3,000, benefited the Library Learning Commons.

Donna Acquaviva and her fourth-graders recorded the highest number of reading minutes during the 10-day readathon. Of the class, Natania Fernandez of Dracut achieved the special distinction of being the top reader in the entire school with the highest number of minutes recorded schoolwide.

Another award-winning team was Barbara Beauchesne’s first-grade class, which was the only class in the entire school to achieve 100 percent participation.

Cathy Stangroom’s second-graders did a phenomenal job of fundraising as a class, together bringing in a pledge amount of $1,605.

Special recognition goes to Benny Martignetti of Chelmsford, who received the top fundraising award for the second year in a row.

The following students received recognition for recording the highest number of reading minutes in their grade.

Pre-K: Autumn Carlson-Weagle (Westford)

K1: Abigail Grace Chhorn (Lowell)

K2: Vyom Agarwal (Tyngsboro)

Grade 1: Mia Sann (Lowell)

Grade 2: Benny Martignetti (Chelmsford)

Grade 3: Vivian Lu (Groton)

Grade 4: Natania Fernandez (Dracut)

Grade 5: Braeden Muthangya (Chelmsford)

Grade 6: Anya Downing (Lowell)

Grade 7: Elias Theofilopoulos (Chelmsford) and Charles Beauregard (Lowell)

Grade 8: Meghna Sridhar (Nashua, N.H.)