Chase principal does 6.5-hour reading marathon, encourages students to read


To promote reading during National Young Readers Week, Chase Elementary School Principal Dr. Doug Elmendorf set up a beach-like oasis in the Chase lobby and read the entire school day from bell to bell.

"I did this for two reasons," Elmendorf said. "I want to show kids that reading can be fun and should be fun, but also to show them that it is important to persevere through reading for long periods of time. As our standards shift we know that kids are going to have to read through longer pieces of text and we want them to know that it takes practice to be a good reader."

At the end of the day, he tweeted and posted to the Chase Elementary Facebook page, part of his chance to win 101 copies of Jeff Kinney's new book, "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck!" The Principal Challenge is part the BOOK IT! Program's National Young Readers Week celebration, co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 

Spotlight and photos submitted by Natalie Allen, communications specialist
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