Class Act: Herrin Homecoming

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By Evie Allen

HERRIN -- Homecoming Spirit Week was a little different this year for Herrin Elementary.

"Instead of doing the fun, dressy up activities, we have decided to challenge the kids academically," said third grade teacher Brandi Karnes.

One challenge called, "Read Your Playbook" encouraged students to read more.

"My class has really embraced this challenge and just read any time that they could. They're really eager to do that," said Karnes.

Students earned points by taking a test on the books they read.
The class with the highest points won a trophy.

"I have some of mine that normally I have to push more to read and they're reading without being asked or anything," said fourth grade teacher Kaci Lukens.

Teachers said having the football-themed competitions motivated the students to work harder.

"I'm going to keep on reading and taking more test so I can get more points," said third grader Dillion Ridgeway.

But the week was not just focused on academics.

One second grade class won the "Together Everyone Achieves More" award, which focused on good behavior.

"They've kind of came in and ready to line up and walk down the hallways and behave in the restroom just because they know it's been part of the competition," said Lukens.

Even though they weren't wearing crazy hats or dressing up as twins, there was still plenty of school spirit to go around.

School officials say the week was a positive change and they plan to do it again next year.
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