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December 17, 2013 > Schilling Elementary reads their heart out

Schilling Elementary reads their heart out

Submitted By Jeffrey Garrett

In an effort to promote reading and invigorate the school in a fun and unifying experience, Schilling Elementary Principal Nicole Paredes spent Friday, November 15 dressed in her pajamas. Armed with a blow-up cushion, a quilt, night stand, table lamp, two couches, three rocking chairs, several rugs, a window scene made out of craft paper, some imagination, and multiple boxes of books, Mrs. Paredes and Librarian Kathy Canario assembled a reading corner in the middle of the courtyard at school.

All of this was done as part of the ÒBook It! Reading ChallengeÓ offered by Pizza Hut. This particular challenge is the ÒRead Your Heart OutÓ Principal Challenge in which the principal agrees to spend the entire day, from start to closing bell, reading. Mrs. Paredes took it a step further. While demonstrating to the students that reading is a very important part of her day, she also wanted them to join in. Throughout the day, teachers were invited to bring their classes to the courtyard to read beside her; there was a steady stream of readers all day. Many students brought their favorite books. Others chose books they hadnÕt seen before. Office staff and custodians took time from their busy schedules to read to students. A large group of students even chose to postpone kickball and monkey bars and instead, came to read with their principal at recess.

In addition to spending a wonderful day bonding with the students and reinforcing the idea that reading is important and valuable, the challenge may have another benefit. For participating in the challenge, the school has been entered into a contest where one winner will win 101 copies of the newest book from the wildly popular ÒDiary of a Wimpy KidÓ series. Given the amount of fun the kids all had on this day, even if the school is not chosen as the winner of the contest, students at Schilling are still winners!

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