Slimy fundraiser Saturday at Andes Central School

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The Andes Central School Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) contest culminates this Saturday, June 7 with the winning students dropping buckets of slime, water balloons, and whipped cream on the folks they selected as targets. 
The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. and all the action will take place behind the Andes school.  The public is invited to watch and help applaud these students for their reading efforts.
This contest is a spin on the national DEAR day that takes place every year.  April 12, the birthday of children’s author, Beverly Cleary, has been designated a national day to make reading a priority.  Families and schools across America take 10 to 30 minutes out of their day to read together.  The goal of National DEAR day is to show families how easy, rewarding, and fun it is to make time in their busy schedules to drop everything and read. 
“The PTSA thought the students would enjoy it if we took it just a bit farther,” said former PTSA President David Cyrelson.  “We wanted to find a way to motivate the kids to read and really reward them for their efforts.”
The Andes PTSA DEAR contest began on April 12 and will end Saturday.   As a mid-contest incentive, on May 9 the PTSA gave away two iPods in a random drawing for all students participating in the contest up to that point.  The iPod winners were Damian Weaver and Gina Tait. 
Earning the big prize, the privilege of dropping a bucket of slime, water balloons, and whipped cream on the faculty member, parent, or community member of choice, was more competitive. For students in grades pre-k through 6, reading logs were used to track minutes spent being read to or reading allowed.  Students in grades 7 – 12 turned in book reviews and answered questions from ACS Librarian Grace Bacon to earn points.  When the contest drew to a close on May 30, the minutes and points were totaled to determine the winning student in each grade.      
The winners are Emma Mackay, Triniti Moxham, Machaela Valkavich, James DePierro, Paul Krickhahn, Ethan Mercurio, Matthew Witte, Gina Tait, Kaitlin Mackay, and Cheyanne Tait. 
The public is invited to join these students, their families, and their friends to see who they have selected as their targets and watch those “targets” get slimed.