Students celebrate reading success with campout

- Whitney Point (WIVT) - Local elementary students celebrated a literary accomplishment by having a campout.

Students at Caryl E. Adams elementary in Whitney Point gathered at the school's front lawn for an hour long campout.

Students ate hot dogs and smores, took part in arts and crafts and had a chance to win camping equipment including tents and lanterns.

School officials set a goal of reading 30,000 books from November to May.

The students surpassed that goal and read 43,000 books.

Principal Jo-Anne Knapp said parents played a vital role in the program.

"This kind of promotes it as a family oriented kind of thing, because the reading is done outside of the school day. We encourage parents to sit with their children and read and help monitor the time they read. The more reading they do, the more knowledge they gain, the more powerful all of it is for their future," said Knapp.

The Parents As Reading Partners program, or PARP, is a state initiative that encourages parents to read with their kids for at 15 minutes per day.

This year, Knapp spent the night outside in a camping tent as an incentive for students.

In the past, she has dressed like Scooby-Doo and has been dunked in a dunking booth.

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