Volney Elementary Principal Lisa Garofalo set a challenge for students at the last school spirit day assembly, read 2,500 books during Read Across America Week and she would sleep on the school roof and dye her hair purple.
The idea came from the book Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley.
In the book, character Principal Wiggins promises to dye his hair purple and spend the night on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books in a school year.
Students recorded their book tally through reading logs, which were then submitted to Librarian Sarah Fay.
At the close of the week, students had read a total of 3,467 books!
As promised, Garofalo (outfitted in pajamas) got on the school’s snowy roof, her purple hair tucked under a winter cap, and waved goodbye to students at dismissal.