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UPDATE: Cedar Rapids teacher makes good on his promise to students if they did one thing: read

UPDATE (April 1, 2020):

They did it! 136 kids read five books by Sunday at 11:59 p.m., so teacher Blake Jenewein made good on his promise. See the video here:

Blake Jenewein


Original story (March 26, 2020):

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Blake Jenewein is a first grade teacher at Pierce Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. Like many, he's a teacher looking for ways to continue to engage his students in the world of learning while the coronavirus has kept them out of the classroom.

Jenewein has made a promise to his students.

"I wanted to find a way to reach out to students in the area that could give them a purpose to push their reading skills to the next level. I came up with a reading challenge and from now until this Sunday night at 11:59 PM, if I get 100 students to read five books, then I will dye my hair and goatee pink," Jenewein told KWWL.

What first grader wouldn't want to see that?!

Jenewein put a video of his reading challenge on Facebook and, within 24 hours, the video gained 1,000 views.

"I thought, what better time than now to share this story with others during a difficult, stressful and uncertain time?," Jenewein said. "The goal is to get as many kids out there involved and to provide them with a positive distraction that will get them excited!"

As of Thursday at 9 p.m., Jenewein says 42 kids have already finished their 5 books for the week. Will 58 more read 5 books by Sunday night so Jenewein's hair turns pink? KWWL will keep you posted.

See his video here:

If I get 100 kids to read 5 books from now until Sunday evening, I’ll dye my hair and beard pink! Let’s make this happen!

Posted by Blake William Jenewein on Monday, March 23, 2020


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Abby Turpin

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