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Kindergartner gets to dress the principal for a day

March 17, 2017 GMT

Holy Trinity Catholic School kindergartner Nick Menke placed a leather jacket on HTC Principal Michael Sheerin as part of his prize for earning 175 points in the Accelerated Reading (AR) program at this year.

Nick picked out a Macho Biker costume for Sheerin. According to Nick’s mother, Jessica Menke of Saint Paul, her daughter Emma, who is a first grader at HTC, inspired Nick to start reading books and earning prizes.

“We are very proud parents,” Menke said.

Menke said her son Nick was motivated to earn prizes for reading just like his older sister Emma who has also earned over 100 points in her first grade class. Menke said she and her husband Alan make sure that their children read every night. Jessica said her daughter Emma is getting better at reading independently.

Both students will get to create a classroom theme for a day and possibly name school lunch desserts if they reach 200 points. Nick’s kindergarten teacher, Tracy Dingham, says the reading program has helped students get motivated to read. The reading program started about 13 years ago at HTC.

Accelerated Reader program is a computer program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books at their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on a computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and grade reading level. Dingham said the students in her class earn .5 points for each book read and they earn an additional .5 for completing reading quiz.