by Scott Weber and Matt Greene Wilton Education Foundation \u201cThe more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you\u2019ll go.\u201d \u2014 Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! The Sept. 24, 2012 headline in the Washington Post said it all \u2014 \u201cSAT reading scores hit a four-decade low.\u201d The article went on to say \u201cReading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam.\u201d The hard work that is taking place in our schools and at home is a stark contrast to the national data: \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Class of 2011: SAT Mean Performance \u2014 Reading 598 and ranked #1 in Connecticut in Reading and Writing; \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0117 Wilton High School students from WHS Classes of 2011 and 2012 named Advanced Placement Scholars; \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Class of 2013: Grade 10 CAPT Performance at Mastery Level (Math 84%; Reading 79%; Writing 90%; Science 81%); \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Class of 2015: Grade 8 CMT Performance at Mastery Level (Math 90%; Reading 92%; Writing 88%; Science 91%); \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Class of 2018: Grade 5 CMT Performance at Mastery Level (Math 94%; Reading 89%; Writing 84%; Science 90. The entire Wilton community should celebrate these data since we are all vested in the success of our students. The partnership between teachers, parents, students and the administration to keep reading comprehension (and reading enjoyment!) a priority is also supported by the Wilton Education Foundation. WEF plays a supporting role in this endeavor with its \u201cReading Rocks!\u201d initiative designed to inspire and motivate K-5 student readers. \u201cReading Rocks!\u201d debuted last year with 1,200 students participating. The model is simple and straightforward: Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill students bring pledge forms home for the Read-A-Thon. They write their commitment to reading on their pledge form and then get pledges from family and friends in support of their commitment. Students choose their own goal for \u201cReading Rocks!\u201d including reading independently for a set amount of time or a set number of books; having someone else read aloud to them in person or over the phone or even Skype; or reading a picture book aloud to a pet \u2014 creativity is encouraged. Last year, more than $40,000 was raised through \u201cReading Rocks!\u201d All of the proceeds were in turn donated back to Wilton schools. This helped supplement classroom libraries and support literacy programming at Miller-Driscoll, and helped establish a Building Bookroom and support Reader\u2019s and Writer\u2019s Workshop and content area reading at Cider Mill. Funds were also used to purchase Cider Mill\u2019s first iPad learning cart for creative faculty and student use. Let\u2019s face it, many of us chose to live in Wilton because of the amazing work that is taking place in our schools. So, it\u2019s not a surprise to see any academic performance score or ranking of our schools and our students far exceeding national trends. However, victory laps aside, the commitment we have made to our students must be sustained. Every opportunity we have to encourage our students to read in the classroom, in the library or at home, should be taken. WEF\u2019s Read Aloud Day promotes classroom reading every year, and many parents spend time throughout the year as guest readers and \u201ccenters\u201d assistants. We can never have too many events or too much attention designed to inspire our students to read more. When our students realize their participation in initiatives like \u201cReading Rocks!\u201d is also contributing to their schools and their community, then we will truly teach our children to read with their \u201ceyes wide open.\u201d Mr. Weber and Mr. Greene are co-chairs of the Wilton Education Foundation.