TCES students reach reading goals

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Taylor County Elementary School faculty recently made good on their promise to kiss farm animals if students read 600,000 minutes in a six-week period.

Students not only met their goal, but exceeded it, having read a total of 642,460 minutes or 10,708 hours.

TCES Librarian Gail Pippin said, "Here at TCES, we will do almost anything to get our students to read."

Through the Read to Feed program, students also raised $360 to purchase animals for families around the world to improve their health and way of life.

"I wanted the students to participate in the Read to Feed program so they could understand that they could make a difference in a family's life even if they do not know them."

As they promised, faculty members, in front of the TCES student body, kissed various animals, including a rabbit, pig, sheep and calf.

Research shows students who are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade have significantly higher chances of succeeding in school, college and their career.

Ken Keltner of State Farm, Lake Village Furniture, Traffik Jam and White Oil Co. contributed to TCES' $360 donation to Read to Feed.