School finds unique way to encourage 300 to read

2014-01-31T00:00:00Z School finds unique way to encourage 300 to readTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 31, 2014 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | At Columbia Elementary School, the promise of seeing their principal kiss a pig was just the encouragement students needed to hit the books.

Last fall, each classroom set a class goal for improving their reading levels. For the next nine weeks, students kept reading and working towards their goals - and counting down the days - to what the school billed as “Pig-a-paloosa.”

Having met their goals, the students saw their efforts rewarded. Their excitement could barely be contained as they waited for the pig’s arrival, said Title I Director Nancy Snider.

With all of the Columbia students as witnesses, Principal Lynn Lange made good on her promise and kissed “Gilbert,” a 4-H pig “on loan” to the school from a farm in Beecher, Ill.

Students also had an opportunity to meet Gilbert up close, and some even chose to kiss him themselves, Snider said.

Students are currently presenting ideas for an incentive to meet their goals for the next trimester. “Whatever it takes,” said Lange, who is secretly hoping the next incentive doesn’t include farm animals.

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