Miller Place Students Build a Better World

As part of a District initiative to promote childhood literacy, more than 120 Miller Place School District third-fifth grade students at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School recently participated in the New York State Public Library “Build a Better World” reading initiative. Over the summer students were encouraged to go to New York public libraries, check out and read books, and then look to reach different levels of achievement.


There were various levels of achievement and potential prizes to be won. To align with the theme of “Build A Better World”, the levels were an Architect, Construction Worker, Electrician, or a Building Inspector. Tasks to achieve each level included filling out graphic organizers, creating book reports and blogging about their literary experiences and critical interpretations. Student raffles ranged from a book baskets, family passes to Fink’s Family Farm, Sky Zone, and the grand prize of an Amazon Echo Dot. The culminating activity consisted of students celebrated their success by participating in a variety of fun educational games and word-based challenges during a “Build a Better World” –themed extravaganza at school. In recognition of their accomplishments, each student received a construction hat and reading certificate.