In honor of National Young
Readers Week, an elementary school in Nacogdoches took reading to heart
Wednesday. The entire school day was devoted to reading - a day long
"It's very important to me," Sydney Moses,
a 5th grader, said. "I think without reading that you probably wouldn't get
anywhere without it. So, I think reading is a big part of everyone's life and
my life, too."
This message is exactly what educators hope
to portray at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary.
"Today is Read Your Heart out Day at TJR Elementary
in Nacogdoches, and we're promoting literacy," Malinda Lindsey, the principal
of TJR Elementary, said.
part of Pizza Hut's "book it" program to encourage students to read.
"Read your heart out is simply a contest
that they came up with for the principals to participate in and they just read
all day," Angelina Allen, the librarian at TJR Elementary, said. "They want the
kids to see them reading from the first bell to the last bell and once you
compete you can enter into a contest to win books."
To keep reading exciting, the students can
be tested on the books they've read and earn points towards items like
backpacks and water bottles.
"If our students earn 75 hundred points
campus wide, that's K-5, our curriculum specialist, Ms. Allan and I will sleep
on top of the roof," Lindsey said. "I'm very confident our students will reach
That goal will have these two braving the
elements all in the name of reading.
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