Lace Principal To Shave Head if Students Reach Reading Goal
The Lace Elementary School Bulldog Reading Challenge will pit Darien parents and teachers against students to see which group can reach the goal of reading 8,000 accelerated reading books.
On Tuesday, Lace Elementary School Principal Marty Casey announced that he would shave his head wearing a White Sox T-shirt if students met the goals of an all-school reading incentive program this year.
"Shaving my head is a small price to pay for increasing the time our students spend reading," said Casey.
In an assembly Tuesday morning, Casey announced the "Lace School Bulldog Reading Challenge." During the 2012-2013 school year, students will work to reach the goal of reading 8,000 Accelerated Reading (A.R.) books. Students will need to pass the A.R. assessments connected with each book.
Students who read 3 A.R. books in one month will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Ten prizes will be rewarded to raffle winners each month. The reading program will be a head-to-head competition with parents and teachers.
"Parents/teachers versus students—I don't think it can get any more exciting!" said Casey.
Parents and teachers are encouraged to track the number of books they read during the 2012-2013 school year. Parents and teachers can e-mail totals to the school's library assistant, Tracey Schwab at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents/teachers will not be required to take A.R. tests.
A progress graph of the parent/teacher vs. student contest will be on display at Lace School.
If the students defeat the parents and teachers, the school's parent teacher association will sponsor a special lunch for all students in May. If the parents/teachers defeat the students, students will be required to do household/classroom chores of the parents/teachers choosing without complaint.
"I hope this fun competition encourages students to increase the time they spend on independent reading," said Casey.