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Young readers rewarded with school hair makeover



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PAYSON -- Students at a Payson elementary school demonstrated by meeting their reading goals they can change more than just test scores. In fact, the school got quite a makeover Friday.

During a school assembly, Spring Lake Elementary school principal gave special recognition to teachers whose classes met their reading goals.

Young readers rewarded with school hair makeover

For reading like crazy, students got a crazy hair day, but it wasn't just reserved for students. With 2.2 million pages read, the kids made sure the faculty had no gray, but plenty of other colors in their hair.

Spring Lake takes part in the Ken Garff Road to Success program, which KSL sponsors. It's a year-long incentive program to motivate kids to read.

The program appears to have worked, but students spotted one head not painted. With glee, they persuaded the principal to join the makeover.

"It was worth it. Whatever it takes to get kids to read is fun. It's worth everything we did," said Principal Spencer Sainsbury. "You could see the smiles on these kids' faces. They'll remember this for the rest of their lives, and reading will be more fun."

Two-hundred and twenty-two schools now take part in the program. At the end of the year, each will give away bikes donated by Wal-mart to reward top readers.

E-mail: dwimmer@ksl.com

Nadine Wimmer

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