By Gwen Taylor
Special to The SUN
The first-ever Read-A-Thon was recently completed at the elementary school and the Partners In Education (PIE) parents’ group would like to thank the many kids, their families and local businesses for making it a great success.
Students in grades K-4 were given the opportunity to keep track of minutes read outside of school for two weeks and prizes were awarded for the most minutes read in each grade.
In addition, local businesses donated prizes or sponsored whole classrooms to encourage kids to read. The $2,230 raised from business and individual sponsorships will go toward developing a new play and fitness area on the south side of the school. This playground equipment will consist of structures and stations to promote fitness, health and play.
Kindergartener Gavin Lugenbeel won the overall grand prize with the most minutes read and won a 30-minute hot air balloon ride for his efforts.