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Pirate mascot, Marshall White to face off in test of strength

A challenge has been made!

The very brave Pirate mascot has challenged Marshall White, professional strongman, to a dual. The Pirate is sure he can defy the odds and pull a school bus further than Marshall during the Family Night Event at Pagosa Springs Elementary School on May 4.

This test of strength will only happen if the students at the elementary school can meet their own challenge. A school-wide reading contest began March 28, which dared students to read 15 minutes independently at home every weeknight in order to accumulate 135,000 minutes of reading time.

On Monday, the students had reached 34 percent of their goal (45,000 minutes) with 2 1/2 weeks to go.

During the “Meet the Strongman’s Challenge,” each student earns a raffle ticket for each reading sheet they complete and raffle tickets will be pulled to fill the bus that the Pirate and the strongman will tow.

Marshall White has competed in strongman events all over the country and world. Last month, Marshall was the champion at the ASC Strongman Pro-Am in Savannah, Ga. Earlier this year, he was the only American invited to the Lithuania versus Team World Strongman Challenge held in Lithuania. He competed in several events and placed seventh in the World Log Lift. Visit his website,, for an overview of his career and many excellent photographs of his feats of strength. Marshall also volunteers his time to local high school athletes. Currently, he is coaching some of the athletes in track with their development in shot put and discus events.

The Scholastic Book Fair opens April 26 during school hours in the school library. The special theme: Book Fair Carnival — Your Ticket to Read!, will be the focus during Family Night on Wednesday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m. The Partners In Education Committee (P.I.E.) will host Family Night, which invites families to the school for a carnival dinner, an evening full of carnival fun, to shop the Book Fair and, of course, to witness the battle of the strongmen.

Families, teachers and the members of the community are invited to attend the Book Fair to view the variety of outstanding literature that is written for children, make special purchases for yourself or others, and to help the school raise money for unbudgeted reading and educational improvements at the school.

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