District beats goal of reading 4 million pages in an hour

Davis School District celebrated the 100 day of its 100 year by staging a read-a-thon with a goal of reading over a million pages in one hour. For Davis High School, this hour took place during the 50 min. of Advisory.

Students, teachers, administrators, and residence of Davis County stopped their routines and plopped down with a book. At Davis High School, students laid on the floor, stood up, sat in desks, and read on everything from a computer, to a book, ereaders, and mobile devices.

At the end of the day 4,068,039 pages were reported to the district.

“It’s funny, we were really busy that morning, but I was a little surprised during Advisory.

Students read during the read-a-thon

We only checked out books for the first 10 or 15 min,” said librarian Elayne Finlinson, who is also the advisor of Davis High School’s Book Club.

“The Book Club was elated. They were able to read undisturbed,” she said. Finlinson said that during the hour she was able to read 52 pages of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.

Senior Taylor Russell shared a different view. “I thought it was dumb,” said Russell, who spent the time playing the game Temple Ruin on his iPod. “I don’t like reading.”

Senior Christian Anderson read Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount. He said that he thought the hour was helpful because it helped him to find out whether or not he wanted to use the book for a project.

Finlinson said that she hopes the district and school will try to incorporate more reading into the school week as a result of the hour. “I had teachers coming up to me and saying it was a lot of fun,” she said.