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Elementary students receive pizza-making demonstration to kick off reading challenge

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 09:28 PM

HURRICANE — Normally, teachers at Lakeside Elementary ask students to refrain from playing with their food. But at a recent reading challenge kickoff event, the students were encouraged to toss some food around.

To encourage the students to participate in this year’s reading challenge, “Carry Out a Good Book,” the school went with a pizza theme and invited employees from Grazianos Pizza to put on a show. They brought a large amount of pizza dough to the school and showed the students how they knead it and toss it back and forth to each other to get it the perfect consistency for baking. Then, they let some students join in the fun and toss some dough around, too.

Each year, Lakeside students are challenged to read at home in the evenings for 20 minutes a day, for 20 school days. Their parents must sign their reading logs to verify that they completed the extra reading.

When the challenge was complete, the school rewarded the students with a pizza party.  

“Once again, we called the wonderful guys at Grazianos and they were there for us,” Title I teacher Brie Grimmett said in a news release.

“They gave us an excellent deal on enough pizza to celebrate the end of the challenge with all of the 120 students who successfully completed it.

“(Grazianos has) always been super generous to our students and staff and we think that they deserve to be recognized,” Grimmett said.