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Principal dresses for literary success
May 9, 2018

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On Friday (May 4), Hilltop Elementary Principal Joe Maroni kept his end of the bargain after students logged in more than 200,000 minutes reading. The students were told if they read 100,000 minutes, Maroni would share the reading experience on stage before the whole school.

The whole reading campaign was part of the Christie Campaign, which raises funds to purchase books to give to children in Akron Children's Hospital. At the beginning of April, the students got sponsors for their reading challenge. Then the students put their noses into the books and logged the needed minutes. On Friday, Maroni got to sit in a rocking chair and read the book "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything." After he finished the story, a second version titled "The Little Old Principal who wasn't afraid of Anything" was read by first grade teacher Charn Creed, which included the titles of several other popular books. For every book mentioned, there was a new piece of attire Maroni had to wear. It started with the book "Mr. Popper's Penguins" which had Maroni putting on swim flippers. It continued with Strega Nona's babushka and a shawl and boa from Fancy Nancy. Add some white mittens and a grass skirt, and the students at Hilltop were roaring with laughter.

In the end it was a fun time, but one that will touch the lives of many children.

"This is our 20th year for the read-a-thon," Creed said. "Over those 20 years we raised $45.252.47 and purchased 18,748 books for the children."

She said every child who is treated at Akron Children's Boardman Campus will receive a book to keep. Each book is stamped "Donated by Hilltop Elementary School."

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