Hawthorne principal sleeps on roof after kids meet challenge - New York News

Hawthorne principal sleeps on roof after kids exceed reading challenge

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Principal Nate Petrini spent the night on the roof of his school after losing a bet with his students. He challenged his students to a read-a-thon, and they answered the call.

Petrini told every homeroom class about a month ago that if they each met a specific reading goal, he would sleep on the roof and read stories to them via webinar. A classroom full of first graders read about 22,000 minutes throughout the three weeks.

"It looks like I am sleeping on the roof. It's going to be a cold one. But if it gets kids reading, I will subject myself to a certain level of pain and humiliation," Petrini wrote in a letter to parents.

He estimates a couple hundred people logged on to listen Thursday night.

Pertini also held special reading sessions from the rooftop Friday morning, first a storybook for primary students and then a chapter book for 3rd-8th graders. A massive group of excited children gathered on the blacktop and the grass to listen to their principal read into a very loud bull horn.

The school puts a special emphasis on literacy, and spent this past week celebrating reading and writing.

Every day this week, around 600 students and about 50 teachers and staff members dropped what they were doing for 15 or 20 minutes and read. A poet worked with students who took their first stab at writing poetry. There was also a huge barbecue with special activities the night Petrini pitched his tent to sleep on the roof.

Way to go Hawthorne!

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