They’ll eat anything to get kids to read
St. Anthony Park Elementary School students caught the reading bug in April.
Because of that, Principal Ann Johnson and eight teachers ate insects. They were holding up their end of the Read-a-Thon bargain: If the students could read for 220,000 minutes over 13 days, then Johnson would eat insects.
The students blew that goal out of the water, reading for 471,890 minutes. Because they far surpassed their goal, Johnson recruited some fellow teachers to help her munch on the crunchy insects during a schoolwide assembly on April 1.
“[They] tasted like dry cardboard, but I was happy to eat them for the kids!” Johnson said. In past years, she has been taped to a wall, milked a goat, donned a chicken suit and set up office on the school roof—all in the name of literacy.
The fundraising event raised more than $10,500. A big thank you to everyone who encouraged the students to keep reading and gave financial support.
National Bike Day
May 4 is National Bike to School Day, and SAP students will be participating. The day gives students an opportunity to exercise, helps reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and it improves neighborhood connections.
Spring carnival is May 6
The annual spring carnival fundraiser will take place Friday, May 6, 5:30-8 p.m., at the school. All are welcome for a fun-filled evening of games, activities and treats. The school thanks the St. Anthony Park community for its support of this event.
Reading Corps tutor wanted
St. Anthony Park Elementary is hiring a full-time K-3 Reading Corps tutor for the 2016-17 school year. Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program, which requires that tutors complete 1,720 hours of service from August to mid-June (45 hours a week). Tutors will receive a bi-weekly living allowance of $544, an education award of $5,775, and are eligible for healthcare coverage and childcare subsidies. Contact Becky Kallhoff at Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org for more information.
They’re off and running
The SAP Running Club will hold its yearly race on Tuesday, May 17. Thanks to Anderson Races for their help organizing and keeping time.
Wolf Ridge trip coming up
SAP fifth-graders will head out on the annual trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota May 23-27. This is a highlight of the students’ time at the school, and it couldn’t happen without the help of community. Thank you.