Iron Mountain elementary school kicks off ‘Read-A-Thon’ campaign

Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:32 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:50 PM EST
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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - North Elementary School students are nose deep in reading. Tuesday was day two of the school’s new “Read-A-Thon” campaign. Its goal is to encourage students to read while asking for donations from parents for a new feature at the school.

“With the donations, our school will be able to start a school store,” said Dawn Hazelwood, North Elementary education assistant. “Our students will be able to earn fidgets, headphones, supplies and school apparel.”

So far, students in the building have read more than 10,000 minutes in two days. The elementary school’s goal is 20,000 minutes by Feb. 3, so the school is already more than halfway to its goal.

“So far, this has totally surpassed our expectations,” Hazelwood said.

Students said reading is fun.

“I learn a lot,” said Sadie Hazelwood, a North Elementary first grader.

Parents can sign their child up online through the district and then have access to a dashboard showcasing the school’s progress and donation amounts. They can also write encouraging messages to students.