Third sibling to complete Mensa for Kids Reading Program at Hawthorne

A third child from one Keokuk family has completed the K-3 Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program at Hawthorne Elementary. 

Jasper Condren, a second grade student at Hawthorne, read the entirety of the list of 63 classic titles including “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Little House on the Prairie,” and “Stone Soup.” The listed books can be read by, read with, or read to the student. Condren said “Freckle Juice,” by Judy Blume, was his favorite book off of the list. 

By completing the program, Jasper earned a certificate of achievement, a t-shirt, and the respect of his brother Joseph and sister Christine, who also have the t-shirts from previously completing the program.

“I’ve had lots of students start this challenge, but very few complete it,” Diane Berner, a Hawthorne teacher who has taught all three of the Condren children, said. “To have three children in one family complete the program is a special accomplishment. It takes commitment and a true love of reading.”

The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through resources like the Mensa for Kids website and other programs for youth and those who support them. This program is open internationally to all readers under 18 years of age, their teachers, and librarians. The Foundation developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program to encourage the joy of reading.  

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