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In April, local students were asked to bury their noses in a good book. They resoundingly answered the call.
Last month, all elementary students in the area were asked to read as much as possible and tally their minutes as part of the first ever "Mayor's Million Minute Marathon." Now, the numbers have come back and the children read a combined total of 540,315 minutes.
“I was hoping we’d foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “I’m sure we did for at least a few kids and that to me is a success.”
Leading the charge with most minutes read was Chubbuck Elementary with over 74,000 minutes. Holy Spirit Catholic School had the highest average per reader with a little more than 700 minutes and Grace Lutheran School checked in with the highest participation rate at close to 40 percent.
"We'd like to thank our enthusiastic partners in the effort: ISU Credit Union, the Marshall Public Library, the Portneuf District Library, Pocatello/Chubbuck School District #25, and most importantly all our local elementary schools and their students," said Kathryn Poulter, Children's Librarian with the Marshall Public Library.
For their efforts, students were rewarded with a ribbon stating "I read in the Mayor's Million Minute Marathon."