Inman Elementary School students enjoyed a visit from Kansas State University cheerleaders Tuesday morning as part of the school’s annual Accelerated Reader program celebration.


Inman Elementary School students enjoyed a visit from Kansas State University cheerleaders Tuesday morning as part of the school’s annual Accelerated Reader program celebration. During the assembly Tuesday, students heard their names read in groups according to how many points they had accumulated thus far during the 2010-11 school year, then ran around the gym to give high-fives to other students while the K-State cheerleaders celebrated the students’ success.
Students in first through sixth grade can earn prizes by taking tests over books they read to earn points. Prizes range from lunch with the principal at 25 points to picking the lunch menu at 150 points to a water balloon fight for the student’s class at 800 points.
Three students identified multiple reasons as motivation for them to read.
“I really like to read,” said fifth-grade student Max Harman. “I’m very competitive.”
Both Max and classmate Nathan Enns said their favorite books are fiction or fantasy.
“The Lord of the Rings series [is my favorite] because it keeps me reading because they’re thick books and I don’t read it all in one night,” Nathan said.
Fifth-grader Kirstan DeVore, former champion of the reading program, has already accumulated more than 350 points, which entitles her to be chauffeured to school by a teacher. So, how many points does she want to accumulate by the end of the year?
“I’m not really sure I’m going to keep going as hard as I am now . . . maybe 1,000,” Kirstan said.
The entire school will get a “prize” if they can build up 11,000 points (their half-way total for the year) by December - Principal Paul Erickson will move his office to the roof of the school for a day.
Inman Elementary’s Title I Teacher Lisa Stoss said the program helps students want to read instead of forcing them to read.
“We just try to make it self-motivational,” she said.