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It isn’t often you see Everest president, Mr. Mike Nalepa, on campus in a Hawaiian shirt.  But March is National Reading Month, so exciting things are happening on campus, including Hawaiian garb and leis. Everest’s theme for this year’s National Reading Month is, “Aloha, Everest it’s time to read!” Mr. Nalepa joined the students in the academy common area and read them a story to launch the month formally.

Early elementary students have been given a goal of collectively reading 250 books by their principal, Mrs. Ender. Students can read books together as a class or at home with their parents. If students reach the goal, they will receive a special treat from the teachers as well as a special dress down day on which they will be able to wear summer attire to school in honor of the month’s theme.

Kindergarten teacher Mrs. McGrath emphasized how important reading is for improving spelling, grammar, and writing skills. The more students read, they are automatically improving all these skills.

Further, reading unlocks a who world of imagination and information for our students. Frederick Douglas said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” This month Everest students will be taking journeys through book to Hawaii… and beyond…