Highland Lakes Elementary’s top summer readers splash teachers, principal



Five of the six top readers at Highland Lakes Elementary got first pick of prizes. From left to right are Brenda Mata, Lisandro Mata, Liliana Mata, Isaaih Solano and Carlos Barajas. Not pictured is Joel Ortiz, 2nd grade.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Kids don’t have to be asked twice to throw water in their teachers’ faces. They were given such an opportunity at Highland Lakes Elementary School last week and their teachers were ready and even willing to take the brief punishment because it was for a good cause.

Six students who got to splash their teachers and HLE Principal Michael Pittard on Friday, Sept. 5, had earned such a privilege by reading the most books in their grade levels and by turning in summaries of what they read over the summer.

Friday’s slippery scene was the result of the school’s reading program and a “fun incentive” added for students to encourage them to keep reading over the long summer months.

 “It’s the kick-off year for this program,” said Sara Dutch, reading specialist at HLE.

Each of the six top grade-level readers got to throw a big wet sponge at their individual teachers and principal, then pick prizes that ranged from books to soccer balls and toys.

More than 100 children got prizes, so long as they read at least four books. But, it was the top readers who won the privilege of picking their loot first.

“The community was so generous in donating prizes for the kids,” Dutch said.

For the full story and more photos, see Tuesday's Highlander. 

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