Oh, the things an educator will do to inspire her students.
Horace Mann Elementary School Principal Rosa Alonso supervised a playground celebration Wednesday from the school roof, fulfilling a whimsical promise she made to motivate the campus to meet its goal of reading at least 95 million words during the academic year.
“At the last assembly, which was a week ago, they were at 94 [million words],” Alonso said. “I said, ‘If you guys reach 100 million, Mrs. Alonso is going up on the roof.’”
Mann’s 680 students rose to the occasion, downing books with titles such as “Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants” like a caffeine addict downing cups of coffee. All students were expected to participate, and school officials tracked their progress using educational software.
At year’s end, they met and then exceeded the word count originally set in the fall by the student council.