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Nooksack Elementary Reading Olympics Able to Boost Excitement

Any time an elementary-age student can turn their principal into a human ice cream sundae virtually guarantees excitement. At Nooksack Elementary, that excitement centered around reading.

During the winter, Nooksack Elementary hosted a Reading Olympics challenge where students were encouraged to set reading goals and challenge themselves to read daily. To build motivation and fun, reading specialist Terra Coppinger created opening and closing assemblies, as well as a torch-lighting ceremony to kick off the challenge.

Weekly bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded to students from each class and Olympics-themed prizes went to a variety of students who achieved their goals. Any student who turned in completed reading goals were eligible for the grand prize of a bike. Two students—fourth grader Nataly Ortiz and kindergartner Attla Lonegan—took home a bike, donated by the Mason Group.

Of course, the closing ceremony took the excitement to a new level when principal Cindy Tjoelker was doused in flavorful topping as a human ice cream sundae.

“It was a celebration,” Coppinger says, “of all the reading the students had done.”