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East Texas students make it in 'Book of World Records 2012'

One East Texas school has a lot to celebrate now that summer is over.

Students at St. Gregory Cathedral School, in Tyler, helped set a new world record for summer reading, making 2012 the biggest summer of reading ever.

Through the Scholastic Summer Challenge' students read over the summer, logged their minutes and the top 20 schools with the highest minutes won.

A total of 193,000 kids representing all 50 states and 25 countries read and logged an impressive 95,859,491 minutes for the summer of 2012.

Here in East Texas the students at St. Gregory Cathedral School read more than 1,200,000 minutes alone.

"The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a challenge that the kids have. They read every single day. When they read they log in minutes, how long they've read and throughout the summer it keeps a counting record of that," says librarian, Janet Simpson.

The challenge is designed to keep kids reading and having fun while preventing the "summer slide" - the loss of academic skills when students are not in school. At the end of the summer, minutes from all participating schools are tallied, and the top 20 schools are announced.

"So I looked at the top 20 schools to see if we could really compete because there's middle schools and intermediate schools where everyone in the school reads. I looked at it and found schools, looked at the minutes just kind of crunched the numbers, and saw that if my kids read about 15 minutes a day we could beat that years worlds record," says Simpson.

"Well I like to read and once I get into a book a really like I can just read for hours and hours," 5th grader, Evan Von Eschenbach

"We went on vacation a lot so it was really easy to read because sometimes when I would get bored I would take a book and start reading because when you read a book it's like playing a movie in your head," says 4th grader, Amelia Ministoeloi.

The top 20 schools get their names published in the Scholastic Book of World Records.

In the 2012 book, St. Gregory Cathedral School ranked as number 4 for the summer of 2011.

"Their name is in the book which is great because it's nice to be in a world record book kids love world record books especially one you're in," says Simpson.

"I was like 'yes,' I'm finally going to be in a book," says Ministoeloi.

St. Gregory Cathedral School will also be coming out in the Book of World Records 2013 for their 2012 summer reading.

Parents who might want to get involved, but their student's school does not offer the program, you can always sign up individually by going to Scholastic online.

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