Reed City — March was National Reading Month, however, with all the snow days and cold weather, Reed City G.T. Norman Elementary School’s students had to wait for their special reward.

To go along with their western theme, Principal Tonya Harrison promised them she would ride a horse outside the school. The goal to meet was 20,000 books read and they topped that with a total of 20,954.

Last week, students and teachers gathered on the lawn to watch Harrison and Misty May trot up and down the street. A special assembly was also held to award top readers in each grade with prizes donated by the Professional Bullriders Association. Then for one more treat, everyone participated in the newest dance craze, the Harlem Shake.

Evart Elementary School held their “Wild about Reading” assembly just after Spring Break. Thought they didn’t meet their school wide goal of 150,000 minutes, students who met their individual goals were recognized. Deanna Salisbury’s Kindergarten class and Martha Pattee’s 4th grade class were both awarded with pizza parties for having the highest minutes read.

The overall goal of reading month for any school is just to encourage reading, and not just in the month of March. Reading to or with children for at least 15 minutes a day is fundamental in developing a life long skill of reading.