CPD Scholars Read 26 Million Words!

These 4 CPD scholars read 1 million + words in the NLE Reading Challenge!

On Friday, April 29, native Memphian and rapper NLE Choppa visited Cornerstone Prep Denver (CPD) where more than 100 scholars who met the NLE (Need Learning Everyday) Reading Challenge of reading at least 100,000 words each during this school year recognized and celebrated! The word counts were tracked as scholars took assessments on books they read using the Accelerated Reader program. 


(From left to right) 4th Grade Girls and 4th Grade Boys meeting the NLE Challenge!

The NLE Reading Challenge kicked off at CPD in late October of 2019 when scholars in 2nd through 5th grades were challenged by the rapper NLE Choppa to read 100,000 words by the end of the school year. However, when COVID-19 closed area schools in early March 2020, this ended the efforts of many of the children. This isn't the end of the story!

Fast forward to 2021 where NLE Choppa returned to CPD, reviving his NLE Reading Challenge. Being a young man of his word, NLE Choppa sent a video message of congratulations to the scholars and provided giftcards to all that met his challenge.  

To date, more than 100 CPD scholars in second through fifth grade have met the NLE 100,000-word challenge - and four scholars have read over a million words!

(From left to right) 5th Grade Girls and 5th Grade Boys meeting the NLE Challenge!



(from Left to Right) 2nd and 3rd Graders meeting the NLE Challenge!

Our first graders asked to join in the challenge so we set a goal of passing 50 AR tests. One scholar has met that goal and eight more are less than 10 books away!

Check out local news coverage from WREG and Action News 5. Congratulations to all the CPD scholars whose reading has contributed to the the total word count thus far for CPD: over 26 million words!

Schoolwide NLE Word Count

Grade/Total Words # of Students
Meeting Challenge
K / 25,532   - 
1 / 946,759   8
2 / 2,535,553  11
3 / 1,430,512   5
4 / 12,313,437   43
5 / 9,239,318   31