Read and Succeed


The Read and Succeed Campaign is a strategy to help support students in meeting the reading standards. The purpose/belief of the Read and Succeed Campaign is:   To become true readers, students must develop the habit of reading.  Reading widely and deeply from good literature is a way for students to master reading skills and to acquire background knowledge that helps them construct meaning.  Frequent and varied reading also helps students build rich vocabularies.  People get smarter when they read; they learn the words, references and concepts that are the foundation for the next ideas they will encounter and learn. 

A strong supporter of our Read and Succeed program is Mr. James Rumford, an author who has partnered with our school since 1999.  Here are some words from this distinguished author:

About the year 1999, I received a call from a bookseller in town who wondered whether I had time to visit an elementary school which had just bought sixty copies of my book The Island-below-the-Star. I said that I did, and a week or so later, I headed down the road to Waipahu Elementary School and to one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an author. 



My first meeting with the principal, Mamo Carreira, as well as with the teachers and students was so positive that it wasn’t long before I found myself making regular visits to Waipahu E.

Over the years, I have enjoyed the many gifts I have received: the cards and letters, the hand-drawn pictures, the quilts and blankets, and my own special chair in the library. But most of all, I have enjoyed getting to know the dedicated teachers and students working hard to achieve their goals. To them, my thanks for the many years of friendship.

Here is a link to Mr. Rumford’s website: