Harborview kicks off reading challenge

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

After getting him to kiss a pig last year, Harborview Elementary School students may drive Principal Bob Dye through the roof this spring, so to speak.

At a ceremony Friday kicking off Harborview's reading challenge, Dye told the school's 420 students he would spend a day on the school's roof this May if they read 5,000 books by the end of April.

The reward will grow if students exceed that target. Dye told them he will spend a day and a night on the roof if they reach 5,555 books. And if they read 6,000 books Dye will be joined atop Harborview by third-grade teacher David Haas for the duration of his rooftop stay.

The ceremony, which also featured student performances, was preceded by a parade through the school hallways by students and teachers dressed as characters from books they have read.

Harborview students read 5,302 books during last year's challenge, earning them the opportunity to see Dye kiss Nort, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, at a school assembly last May.

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