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Updated: 1/30/2014 7:17 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)- The library at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School in Columbus is a busy place.

Students there check out books often.

It's part of the culture at Cook that's landed them an Accelerated Reader Model School Certification.

This means that most of the students there excel at reading itself and comprehending what they've read.

Assistant Teacher Alicia Andrews said, "It's not so much about goals and points and that kind of thing. That's fun incentives for the kids. It's all about practice. You're good at it because you practice, practice. I preach that everyday."

We asked students why they like to read.

Student Cassie Carter said, "I just like to learn about other things. That includes nature."

Student Marius Mosley said, "I like reading because it's about real people who you can talk about and learn about their life."

Student Brady Hogan said, "Reading is just like TV in your mind. You're looking at words and you then have images that pop up in your mind."

School leaders say that enthusiasm about reading that's encouraged by teachers here helped the school earn this national recognition that measures how students are performing.

Principal Dr. Tim Wilcox said, "Seventy five percent of all classrooms have certified their students are reading with 85 percent accuracy on their comprehension. It's not just a broad number. It's a measure of individual student performance in classrooms that earns the certification."

The principal credits good teacher and parental involvement as reasons behind the school's success.
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