Well over 2,000 elementary school students as well as parents, dignitaries and others gathered at the Carbon School District grounds to welcome Santa and KSL’s Chopper 5 to Price on Wednesday. The reward was for the students recording over 442,379 minutes of reading in 12 days in December.
KSL’s Deanie Wimmer flew in with Santa to help celebrate the reading success in the area schools.
KSL’s Read Today program director Lizzy Reano, helped arrange the visit with the Carbon School District. Castle Height’s Principal Jan Cox was also instrumental in coordinating with KSL to make the event happen. Cox also was thankful to the Carbon School District Transportation Coordinator Kerry Jensen for everything he did to pull off busing the students in and getting them back to school without a hitch.
The AmeriCorps tutoring program has worked in the schools to improve and encourage reading in all the Carbon County elementary schools. Each school will receive 1,000 books. Every child will get a book to take home and the rest will go to the AmeriCorps tutoring program at each school to be used to help struggling students improve their reading skills.
The event was filmed and airs tonight on KSL.