Goal reached, so Grand Prairie principal kisses pig
March 28, 2013 2:52PM
Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence executive director Linda Lopez and director Paul Slade (right) welcomed local attorney Joe Kosteck as a new director and a 2013 partner of the foundation. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 1, 2013 1:33PM
More than 700 kindergartners and first- and second-grade students at Grand Prairie Elementary School in Frankfort recently celebrated at an assembly after reaching their goal of reading 4,300 hours in one month.
Teachers tallied the totals as students arrived, hoping to see Principal Eileen Nelson keep her promise to “kiss a pig” if the students reached their goal.
Students had voted on how to celebrate if they met their reading goals. Choosing whether Nelson would kiss a real pig, dress like a character from a book, dye her hair pink or wear her clothes inside out, students overwhelmingly voted for the pig kissing.
The all-school literacy incentive program featured the book “Charlotte’s Web” and was organized by reading interventionists Pam Snyder and Kathy Miller. Guest readers from the school, community, district administration and staff helped kick off the celebration.
To reach the goal, all kindergarten students were asked to read 45 minutes; first-graders to read 90 minutes, and second-graders to read 120 minutes each week.
Cross-curriculum activities included studying vocabulary, learning about farm animals and spiders, studying character development, and singing songs about friendship in music classes.
Paul Bernhard, of the Will County Farm Bureau, brought a small black and white pig to the student assembly so Nelson could fulfill her promise.
Programs to encourage reading are conducted at all three Frankfort Community Consolidated School District 157C schools. The district’s education foundation supports reading programs through annual grant funding, and the Family School Partnership organization holds an annual book fair.