30,000 minutes of reading, and then some

DCS students averaged 858 minutes read over two weeks

Over a two-week period during April, Dublin Consolidated School students participated in the 3rd annual Read-A-Thon sponsored by the DCS PTO. While the primary focus is on reading, it also serves as a fundraiser. All money raised for 2013 will go towards purchasing new recess equipment.

This year the DCS PTO challenged students (AKA “Bookworms”) to read 30,000 minutes. (In 2011 the goal was 25,000 minutes. Last year it was 28,000. Both goals were reached.) Toadstool Bookshop offered to provide $100 worth of books for the school library if the goal was reached. The question was asked: could the “Bookworms” do it? And the slogan became “30,000 minutes to win it!”

It all began with a school kickoff assembly on April 5. The 5th grade class got things started with a humor skit entitled “TV Man Returns,” (a sequel to last year’s performance.) “Super Bookworm” (played by principal May Clark), her sidekick “Bookmark Boy” (Nicholas White) and the dedicated 5th grade readers were able to defeat the evil “TV Man” (Max Scheinblum) & his minions! The moral of the skit: TV is bad, reading is good! The performance was followed by a visit from “Horton the Elephant,” who read from his famous Dr. Seuss book “Horton Hears a Who.”

Each day minutes were tallied and the thermometer in the lobby tracking the results filled quickly. Within the first week students were more than halfway to the goal. As the end of the second week approached, the thermometer was completely filled. So the question became “How many minutes could they reach?” Together the “Bookworms” read 52,373 minutes. This breaks down to approximately 858 minutes read per student. To celebrate, the PTO hosted a celebration lunch that included another special visit from “Horton the Elephant,” “Super Bookworm” and “Bookmark Boy”!

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