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DEAR Gets Students, Staff Reading

September 12, 2018 08:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Read any good books lately?

If you were to ask anyone at the school in Grand Meadow, the answer would probably be “yes”.

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And this morning, they set aside a few minutes to do just that.

"To me in my head I just imagine the book coming to life," fifth-grader Makayla Gregerson said.

It's the foundation of everything we do in school and beyond. And to get us to do more of it and enjoy it, there's DEAR.

"Drop everything and read" Grand Meadow high school/middle school principal Jake Schwarz said.

“Say we were in math class and we were doing some math” Makayla Gregerson explained. “We would stop everything we were doing, drop it all, pick up a book and read."

"And it's a practice that we still find a lot of value in and we think it's good for our students to choose a book that they want to read and just have some completely designated time to sit back and enjoy that book" principal Jake Schwarz.

"It just has to be a book that will fit you," fifth-grader Makayla Gregerson said.

A couple of times each month the Grand Meadow school district drops everything for about half an hour and reads.

And it’s NOT just for students

"We also think it's important for our faculty to do the same thing and for our students to realize that even as adults reading is enjoyable and fun and we see a lot of value in that” principal Jake Schwarz said.

"No matter what they do in school or even beyond high school’ Jake Schwarz said, “we just want them to know that reading is very important whether it's for your job or for pleasure, and as long as you like reading, you're going to go places.”

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