Literacy scores in the Midlands dropped during the pandemic. And now, school districts are working to get those scores back up. One school in Columbia, South Carolina even added a unique reward for completing a challenge. It ended with a South Carolina principal riding a camel!
According to WACH, the principal of Annie Burnside Elementary School, Janet Campbell, made a promise to the students. She told them if they could read 50,000 books by May 5th, she would ride a camel.
The students were successful in meeting Campbell’s request. In fact, they read almost 64,000 books! And on Tuesday, Campbell fulfilled her promise and conquered her fear. She took a ride on Abraham, the Mountain Dew drinking camel.
This unique challenge was a huge success for the school. The school’s focus on reading, English, and literacy has done so much for the students and helped improve test scores.
Principal Campbell feels the challenges have been great for the students at Annie Burnside Elementary School, and believes it will continue to aid in boosting literacy. This wasn’t the first time she challenged them. Last year, she challenged them to read 15,000 books, and they blew past that goal and read over 20,000!
Check out the video of this South Carolina principal riding a camel HERE!