Morning News â€” Jen Wacaser
Belle Mecham enjoys the Literacy Luau along with other Stalker students.
No one was complaining about the blustery weather at Stalker Elementary Friday afternoon as students and staff enjoyed a Hawaiian luau complete with palm trees, ice cream and Polynesian hula dancers.
According to Sheila Evans, Idaho Reads - VISTA representative, the luau was sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) and was a reward for students who completed the "Literacy Luau Challenge" by reading at least 40 books throughout the school year.
The reading challenge is an annual event , this year's theme being: " Put A Book In The Palm Of Your Hand."
"I am thrilled; this is a big reward," Evans said. "This year 117 students achieved the goal, compared to last year when only 64 students made it."
Each student at the luau also received with a brand new book - provided by FIRST BOOK with shipping costs paid by BMH.
Evans said Blackfoot Public Library was also instrumental in helping the kids hit their reading goal by purchasing several of the qualifying books.
"These books were meant to be read by families," Evans said. "It's the family involvement and the fabulous teachers that have helped increase literacy and instill a love of reading in these kids."
The students also had a good laugh seeing their principal, Hal Silzly, in Hawaiian hula garb.