NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In a rare moment, three school officials were suspended by students at Lord Stirling School recently, all as part of a project to promote reading.
Students recently were given duct tape to suspend city school Superintendent Aubrey Johnson and two school administrators from a wall for more than a hour as a reward for completing month-long reading assignments.
The stunt was a unique and special reward for the students' effort to read every day for a month, part of a challenge from the administration and a Read Across the America committee.
“The ability to read well and comprehend are among the most accurate predictors of future success,” said school Principal Ellen Treadway. “That’s why this reading event is so wonderful. It really, truly gets the students reading, and to a greater degree than many of them had read before."
Treadway and school Vice Principal Daniel Goldstein were taped to the wall along with Johnson.
Grade-specific goals were set for students throughout the school, as part of the program. This stunt was the school’s latest effort to encourage reading.
“The students really enjoyed tracking exactly how many books they’d read in pursuit of their reward,” Treadway said.
“We’ll continue exercising creativity as we drive learning by proposing future challenges,” the principal added. “The more frequently they read, the better at it they will become and the more they will understand,” she said.
The effort comes near the end of the school year. The school district also offers a summer reading program for select grade K-3 students.
Perhaps more duct tape is in the future for these school leaders.