Another record for the Tamaques Reading Marathon, as students in grades 1-5 read a combined 176,530 minutes in March, breaking last year’s record by 947 minutes. “We come together to celebrate reading and writing,” said principal David Duelks at the start of the Reading Marathon awards ceremony. “The purpose of this marathon is to promote reading, not just here at school but at home as well. Reading is the foundation for everything.”
Reading Marathon co-chairs Jennifer Carbone, Jacie Jacobowitz and Cara Lerner announced grade level and individual winners. As in years past, Mr. Duelks and media specialist Stephanie Landay-Nesser promised a surprise if students surpassed a schoolwide minutes challenge. Last year, it was slime. This year, it was the Baby Shark challenge, with the principal, librarian, and various staff members dressed as sharks and dancing to the popular South Korean children’s song.