Stanfield Elementary School students have lots of reasons to read — but perhaps none so compelling as the chance to douse their principal in whipped cream.
Several school districts throughout the community celebrated Read Across America week with dress-up days, reading challenges and days dedicated to their favorite books and characters. Stanfield’s Read Across America assembly coincided with the 100th day of school, so students and teachers dressed up as 100-year-olds for the day.
To top off “Read Across America” week, which marks beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday each year, Stanfield students attended an assembly where principal Lacey Sharp recognized those who had read a certain number of books over the course of two weeks.
Sharp read out the names of students who had read 20, 40, 100 120 and 200 books.
The students who had read the most in each category got to show off their physical strength as well — participating in a tug-of-war lead by team captains dressed as the Cat in the Hat, and the Stanfield Tigers mascot.
Then, students who had read a certain amount were entered into a drawing. Those selected got to choose a book to take home, from several displayed at a prize table in the gym.
Third grade teacher Kim Chavez said students are entered into a drawing when they read to learn.
“Every six weeks, we do prizes,” she said. “They could be shirts or Tiger swag, but since it’s Read Across America week, we’re doing books and pencils.”
Sharp said the students had two weeks to read books, and some topped out at about 400. For some of the older students, she said, they counted chapters if they were reading longer books.
“We had really good participation,” she said. “Of course, spraying cool whip on the principal is an incentive.”