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: https://www.facebook.com/blake.jenewein/videos/10158264163335859/
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:
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