ARLINGTON - Fisher Elementary Principal Deanne Lacoste issued a challenge to students that if they read a total of 62,000 minutes at home during Read Across America's Literacy Awareness Month she would spend the night at the school.

Now, Lacoste will have to make good on her promise. The results were tallied recently showing that students read a total of 73,216 minutes.

"The goal is to encourage reading outside of school, and our families were very supportive of the program," said Reading Specialist Donna Bazyk, who organized literacy events for the month. "We want our kids to increase their endurance of reading at home, but we also want them to enjoy reading. The students were so excited to bring in their reading logs every day, and they were disappointed when the reading logs were done.

Miss Kirk’s third grade class read a total of 11,220 minutes to win first place in Fisher Elementary’s annual reading competition. Shown here
Miss Kirk's third grade class read a total of 11,220 minutes to win first place in Fisher Elementary's annual reading competition. Shown here are the winning students with educators from left to right: Lindsay Bierwirth, Donna Bazyk, Jessica Kirk and Deanne Lacoste. (Courtesy photo)
Mrs. Lacoste is a great sport to spend the night in the school, and the students just wish they could have a sleepover with her."

For more information about reading at Fisher, contact Bazyk at or 375-6409. The Arlington School District mission is to create a safe, caring, and respectful environment of academic excellence where students are uniquely challenged to reach their potential at Fisher Elementary, Arlington Middle School, Arlington Accelerated Academy and Arlington Memorial High School.