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WEST GOSHEN — In a celebration of National Reading Month, the Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School students set out to read for thousands of minutes during February.
For achieving an astounding 100,000 reading minutes, the students had the thrill of turning their principal and some teachers into human sundaes, complete with all the appropriate toppings.
“It was a little cold, but it was very yummy,” said Principal Joe Rodia. “This is way harder (than the ice bucket challenge).”
Throughout the month, the pre-K through fifth-grade students were challenged to read a specific number of minutes to reach the 100,000-mark. If they hit it, the students would cover Rodia in ice cream.
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When the month ended and the minutes were totaled, the Chesterbrook students read a total of 132,197 minutes, and because of the additional amount, six teachers were added to become human ice cream sundaes.
On Wednesday, students gathered at the end of the day in the school’s gymnasium to watch a select few cover their principal and teachers into desserts.
Among the toppings added to the ice cream were chocolate and caramel syrup, marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips, M&Ms, cherries and whipped cream.
“The hardest part was the combination of the warm syrup and cold ice cream – it sort of doesn’t go well,” Rodia said. “I’m going to have sprinkles in my ear and nose for weeks to come which is probably the most difficult part.”
As part of the reading challenge, the students also collected pledges for meeting their reading goals. All the money raised went to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House in partnership with the Read for Ronald program.
“The absolute best part is no matter how many weeks or months I have syrup in my hair and sprinkles in my ears, the students read and had a lot of fun reading and we raised a lot of money for the Ronald McDonald House,” Rodia said. “In the end, that’s what makes it all worth it.”