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After 6 years, Sanborn Elementary reaches reading goal

OSSINEKE, Mich. — The principal at Sanborn Elementary School found herself dressed in character when her students met their goal for March is Reading Month.

Youtube star Jessica Hatch made an appearance with one of her snow dogs, Memphis, on Thursday for its 6th birthday. Plus, several kittens purred their way through the crowd all because of one promise. If students completed 60,000 minutes of reading for March , principal Pauline Burnham would dress as a dalmatian and dance to the hit song “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

Burnham says the school pushed themselves to meet that goal.

“I also made house calls all through the month, just robocalls to make sure they were reading,” said Burnham. “The staff and the whole culture of our school is perseverance and that we can press through.”

Burnham said there’s no excuse not to read daily. “If you’re going to a sports game, you can read in the back of the car with a flash light. So we took out all the excuses and that’s how we met our goal.”

Sanborn had a lot to celebrate. For the first 6 years, students couldn’t meet their school–wide reading goal. The target was 60-thousand minutes. This year, the kids completed 70, 349  minutes of reading.

Expect Sanborn to turn it up a notch for next year.