Students at Fillmore Central create a big “Thank You” with their bodies to show their appreciation to all who supported the reading incentive program at the local schools.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Students at Fillmore Central create a big “Thank You” with their bodies to show their appreciation to all who supported the reading incentive program at the local schools. SUBMITTED PHOTO
In February and March, Fillmore Central Community Education, Fillmore Central Schools, Lanesboro Schools and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids in the area.

The "I Love to Read" program was introduced this past February during "I Love to Read" month. Area businesses offered rewards to children who met their reading goals. Some of the rewards were free meals, mini manicures, gift certificates, bowling, golfing, Preston bucks, and even horse-drawn wagon rides. The program was a big hit with the school readiness and elementary students at both schools with more than 300 children participating.

This new reading program was created to motivate children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and awards. It was simple because the children were encouraged to read a set number of minutes, pages or books based on their reading levels and ability. Once that goal was met, they were eligible to choose a prize for their accomplishment.

Fillmore Central and Lanesboro students, faculty and families would like to thank the businesses who generously participated in the "I Love to Read" program.