Garfield Elementary School Psychiatrist Megan Blake holds her nose for her descent into the creek Tuesday afternoon. The school’s students had to read roughly 400 books over the month of February to dunk their mentors, and they surpassed that goal with a total of 611.
Matt Lewis, Garfield Elementary principal, appears to walk on water before plunging into Spring Creek Tuesday. His plunge was met by a chorus of yells from an audience of kindergartners and first-graders.
Garfield Elementary Principal Matt Lewis studies the March waters of Spring Creek before taking the leap Tuesday. Lewistown Fire Rescue was on standby during the event, during which six Garfield Elementary staff jumped into the winter waters.
Garfield Elementary’s first-grade teacher Amanda Gee was the first to jump into X Creek Tuesday afternoon. The school’s staff used the promise of teachers jumping into icy waters as motivation for students to read during February, or “I Love to Read!” month. Did the staff expect students to reach the reading goal? “No, we didn’t,” Gee laughed.
Garfield Elementary students surpassed their goal for books read in February, national "I Love to Read!" month. As a result, six of the school's staff members had to jump into Spring Creek Tuesday.
Photos by Jenny Gessaman