Principal goes to new heights to encourage students to read

Susan Bryant, Liberty Early Elementary principal (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It can be challenging to encourage our children to put down devices and pick up a book instead.

A principal in Decatur Township found a way to make it happen.

"Well, we know how important early reading is, and how important it is for kids to hear quality literature," explained Susan Bryant, principal at Liberty Early Elementary. "So I made a challenge to my [500 pre-school and kindergarten] students that if they would read 5,000 books in 50 days, I would spend a day on the roof, and they more than exceeded the challenge! They read over 7,000 books! So, as promised, I'm up here for the whole day!"

The parents kept a log of all of the books they read with their kids, with a few students exceeding everyone's expectations.

"I had a pre-schooler who turned in sheets showing that she had read 225 books, and I had a kindergartner that read 275 books! It's pretty amazing," Bryant said.

Throughout the day Friday, each one of the classes came out to read, sing or do the Pledge of Allegiance for Principal Bryant.

In between sessions, she had all the necessary school supplies with her for her 8-hour roof staycation.

"I've got my laptop, so I can hopefully, in between classes, get some work done. I have prizes for the kids. And I have a tent over here, if it should start to rain, I'm ready to get in and stay dry."

Principal Bryant told us she's already trying to figure out what kind of stunt she can pull off for next year's reading challenge.

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