This year, students at Hustead Elementary are participating in the Pizza Hut Book It! Program, which encourages children to develop a love of reading and rewards them for time spent reading. Hustead teachers established class reading goals based on the reading ability of their students. Students who achieve their monthly goal will be rewarded with a coupon for a free Personal Pan Pizza. During the month of October, 120 Hustead students reached their reading goal.
“Literacy is a critical component of elementary education and an important key to our students’ future success,” said Hustead Principal Darrin Knapke. “We hope that by participating in the Book It! Program this year, the staff and I will demonstrate through example how important reading is for our students. With 120 students reaching their reading goal in the first month, I’m thrilled that so many of our kids are meeting the challenge.”
On Friday, November 15, Mr. Knapke read his heart out as part of the Book It! Principal’s Challenge. In Honor of National Young Reader’s Week, Pizza Hut challenged principals to spend the day reading to students. Principals who participated in the challenge were entered into a raffle to win 101 copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck for the school library.
Mr. Knapke visited classrooms throughout the day sharing some of his favorite books and encouraging students to read at home and at school. To cap off the day, all of the Hustead students and staff gathered on the back playground to watch and listen as Mr. Knapke read Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson from the roof of Hustead Elementary. Students were amazed to see their Principal reading on the roof, and enjoyed listening to this story. Mr. Knapke gave the students one more fond memory of Hustead, and showed by example the importance of reading every day.