Principal rides horse into gym for reading event



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THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan principal who wanted to get his students fired up about reading greeted them on horseback for an assembly in the school's gym.

The Saginaw News reports (http://bit.ly/1i6T3sP ) Swan Valley Middle School Principal Brad Erlenbeck on Friday dressed in a Spartan costume and rode in with a sword held high.

His entrance drew cheers and laughter. It's all to rally kids for the March into Reading Month challenge to read 100,000 pages as a school.

Students are competing against one another and the staff, and whichever grade reads the most pages in March earns a half-day of recess.

The school is in Saginaw County's Thomas Township, 85 miles northwest of Detroit. Erlenbeck says: "If you want to get the kids excited, you've got to be a little zany yourself."

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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