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Photos: Indian Mills ‘shakes off’ a celebratory literacy holiday

Students at Indian Mills School were jumping for joy on March 5 as they celebrated Read Across America week.

Indian Mills School students convene in their gymnasium on March 5 to learn who will be receiving tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure as part of the theme park’s Read to Succeed monthlong program. Over the course of a month, students have an opportunity for the theme park tickets, furthering Six Flags’ mission of getting kids to read for fun.

Students also submit posters into the school’s poster contest to demonstrate Dr. Seuss’s mission of leisure reading in kids. Preschool to fourth grade students at the school drew and colored their posters showing their families, friends and whomever else reading a book.

Teachers ended the assembly with a surprise by singing their own version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” but with lines on why it is important to read. Students are encouraged to read more on March 6 with a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) session.

Principal Nicole Moore challenged her students to read 1,000 books, outside of school hours, by May and she will present them with a “rock star” surprise.

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