Kelcy Nagel, a fourth grade student at Fillmore Central, was the first to complete her reading goal for the "I Love to Read Month" challenge. She read 400 pages in just under a week. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Kelcy Nagel, a fourth grade student at Fillmore Central, was the first to complete her reading goal for the "I Love to Read Month" challenge. She read 400 pages in just under a week. SUBMITTED PHOTO
This month is "I Love to Read" month and Fillmore Central Schools has a distinct set of activities to mark each week of the month.

In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the theme this year has to do with the Olympics and winning the gold medal.

Fillmore Central Elementary School has designated each Wednesday as a special dress-up day for the students. On Feb. 5, the style was sports. On Feb. 12, the kids dressed up in a comfy style.

Each grade has its own country to follow during the Sochi Olympics. As such, the students will dress up in the colors of their assigned country on Feb. 19. The countries assigned to each grade are China for kindergarten, Norway for first grade, Canada for second grade, Austria for third grade, Germany for fourth grade, Switzerland for fifth grade and Sweden for sixth grade.

Throughout the Sochi Olympics, each grade will keep a medal count for their countries.

The final dress up style on Feb. 26 will be metallic clothes and accessories.

Feb. 19 marks the beginning of the Olympic games in the elementary school gym. The ceremony will be starting around 2 p.m.

Feb. 28 concludes the games and there will be a closing ceremony and sledding party if the school's goal of 100,000 pages or minutes is reached. The total pages and minutes will be recorded throughout the month on a torch in the hallway. The flame will grow as the pages/minutes rise.

Reading in Fillmore County

Fillmore Central students are also getting special incentives and rewards from area businesses who have partnered with the schools to encourage reading for the students in the Harmony and Preston areas.

Angi Kaase, the community education director at Fillmore Central, said the local businesses have provided prizes such as trinkets, free kids meals, special treat bags and free admission to local attractions or events.

"The program's goal is to motivate children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and awards," Kaase explained. "If children are not yet reading but would like to participate, goals can be reached by parents, or others reading to them."

While Fillmore Central has a school-wide goal of 100,000 pages and/or minutes, pre-school students have an individual goal of 200 minutes, kindergarten through second grade students have a goal of 300 minutes; third and fourth grade students have a goal of 400 pages and the older students in fifth and sixth grade will read 600 pages to earn their rewards.