Baldwin schools celebrates National Reading Month

Literacy Night, reading challenge among the events

Baldwin Elementary School Principal Bruce Mangum is duct taped to the gymnasium wall as part of a National Reading Month challenge.

Baldwin Elementary School Principal Bruce Mangum is duct taped to the gymnasium wall as part of a National Reading Month challenge.

Courtesy/Baldwin Community Schools

BALDWIN — Baldwin Community Schools students celebrated National Reading Month with a book walk, biography projects and a special reading. Students also had the unique opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall as a reward for reaching their reading goals. 

“Fun, interactive events help promote the joy of reading as part of preparing students for success,” Superintendent David Forrester said. “Reading should be fun, and our National Reading Month activities provided fantastic opportunities to share the thrill of reading with our students.”

Baldwin Elementary School Principal Bruce Mangum challenged his students to read for a combined 10,000 minutes during the month. They met the challenge, and they were rewarded with the chance to duct tape Mangum to the wall.

“I was happy to offer a fun and silly way to reward our students for reading 10,000 minutes throughout the month of March,” Mangum said. “I’m proud of our students for stepping up to the challenge and I hope they continue to make time for reading throughout the year.”

More than 150 families attended the Baldwin Literacy Night on March 23, where they participated in a book walk and viewed student reading month projects. Students created biographical posters about famous figures as part of the national celebration.

Students also received goodie bags and free books at the event, held in partnership with West Shore ESD Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition.