Gift of Reading from December 16 - December 20, 2013. The goal of the Gift of Reading is for the students at Wake Forest Elementary to focus on the joy of reading for the entire week before the Holiday break. Students increased their in-class reading by 10 minutes each day culminating with 2 1/2 hours of sustained reading on December 20. They were also challenged to read at home each night with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade reading at least 20 minutes a night and those in 3rd - 5th grade reading at least 30 minuetes each evening. Our goal was for students and teachers to surpass 1,500 hours of "at-home" reading between Monday, December 16 and Thursday, December 19. I am very happy and proud to tell you that the students and staff of Wake Forest Elementary read over 2,000 hours.