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APW Elementary Kicks Off Read 100K with Pep Rally for Reading

In true pep rally fashion, the students, staff and administration at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School celebrated reading and kicked off their “Read 100K” challenge.

Principals Michael McAuliff (3-6) and Dee Penoyer (UPK-2) encouraged the students to read 100,000 minutes as a school. While it may seem like a daunting challenge, when broken down, it represents approximately 15-20 minutes per student per day.

Jordan Ostrander, seated front left, and Trevor Johst, right, both third graders at APW Elementary School, are joined by members of the APW varsity football team and cheerleaders, in celebrating reading during the recent kick off of “Read 100K” where students were challenged to read 100,000 minutes as a school. The school held a pep rally style assembly to kick off the reading challenge. Also pictured are principals Michael McAuliff and Dee Penoyer, as well as Parent Teacher Student Association representative Cindy Mueller who assisted in the assemblies.
Jordan Ostrander, seated front left, and Trevor Johst, right, both third graders at APW Elementary School, are joined by members of the APW varsity football team and cheerleaders, in celebrating reading during the recent kick off of “Read 100K” where students were challenged to read 100,000 minutes as a school. The school held a pep rally style assembly to kick off the reading challenge. Also pictured are principals Michael McAuliff and Dee Penoyer, as well as Parent Teacher Student Association representative Cindy Mueller who assisted in the assemblies.

Students can track their times online or on paper and the times can be logged in at school.

Also on hand was Cindy Mueller, representative from the APW Parent Student Teacher Association (PSTA) and coordinator of the Book Fair currently going on at the school. She challenged the more than 730 students at the school to read, telling them that, “Reading is the absolute, number one, most critical skill you will learn in school. Reading is like a super hero!”

In two separate grade-level assemblies, the pep rallies featured football players and cheerleaders from the APW High School who shared with the students their favorite books and why reading is important. Some of the reasons included: “reading makes you smarter,” “reading gives you an imagination,” “it teaches you to have fun,” and “you learn a lot when you read.” Favorite children’s books included “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and many more.

Before dismissing, the varsity cheerleaders led the group in a special cheer: “Reading is awesome. Reading is fun. We’re the mighty Rebels, and we love to read!” As the students exited the gymnasium, the football players and cheerleaders lined up to give each student a high five as they returned to class.

The pep rally for reading was held as the school kicked off their reading challenge “Read 100K” which challenged the school to read 100,000 minutes over the next two weeks. And if they reach their goal? Cindy Mueller had a little hint about what the PTSA would do to reward the readers and there was mention of an ice cream party, which got the students very excited.

For more information about the Read 100K challenge, contact the APW Elementary School at 625-5270.