Principal’s Challenge

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As an extra incentive for her students to participate in this year’s Parents as Reading Partners program, North Babylon’s William E. DeLuca Jr. Elementary School Principal Norann McManus added a special principal’s challenge as a reward. If the entire student body, along with their adult reading partners, read more than a combined 70,000 minutes in the month of April, Mrs. McManus would participate in a challenge as voted upon by the students.

With more than 101,000 minutes read, far exceeding their original goal, and all of the challenge votes counted, Mrs. McManus was ready for her challenge. On May 2, Mrs. McManus participated in the pie in the face principal’s challenge. Gathered together on the lawn outside of the gymnasium, the entire student body cheered loudly as the top two readers per grade level pied the principal in the face. “Anything for the kids,” said Mrs. McManus. “If this challenge gets them excited to read, then I’m up for it.”

The theme for this year’s PARP was “Spring Into Reading” and was organized by reading teacher Jayne Garvin and third-grade teacher Kelly Gregorio.