Stoddard raises $2,000 in read-a-thon

BLACKFOOT — IT Stoddard Elementary Principal Ryan Wilson will do just about anything to support students and staff at his school. He has kissed a pig, taken a pie in the face and even danced in front of the students.
This past week he wore a tutu, crown and high heels after the students reached $2,000 in pledges in a fundraising challenge for a read-a-thon.
The fundraiser was organized by Stoddard's Parent-Teacher Organization.
The organizers of the fundraiser, Karen Robinson and Cara Fitzgerald, wanted to do something that gave the school and students 100 percent of the profit.
In exchange for their pledges, students chose from a large assortment of prizes including scooters, skateboards, water guns, art sets, iTunes gift cards and pillow pets. Walmart provided a discount to purchase the prizes.
Every student in the school received a candy bar just for participating in the read-a-thon.
The class with the highest number of pledges was given an ice cream party. Melissa Hunt's first grade class and Kim Buck's fifth grade class came in at a tie and both received an ice cream party.
Fitzgerald said they have found that grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and friends would much rather donate directly to the school rather than buying unwanted items from which the school just receives a small percentage of the proceeds.