Three Hills students hit the books last week, all for the love of reading.

The school held a Reading Week, and has rolled out new initiatives to engage students to read for the joy of it.

One of the activities included a pie in the face fundraiser, which raised $2,500 to go towards new books for the school.Three hills 4Three Hills School students dressed up as favourite book characters

"Some of our leadership kids in Grade 10, 11 and 12 decided to come up with a reading week of activities, and whoever read the most amount of minutes, and most  books, got to pie some teachers in the face, including myself, as a fundraiser," explained Three Hills School Associate Principal Greg Lendvay.

Some of the activities included kids dressing up as their favourite book character, reading books in the dark with a flashlight in pajamas, and learning how to draw their favourite book characters.

The school encourages students to read books in their free time during school by having a wide variety of books in classrooms  to save them a trip to the library.

"Usually we get student input, so interest books. So if they are interested in dinosaurs we try and get a whole bunch more dinosaur books or hockey books, or tractors and farming. We try and encourage reading with books the kids can relate to," continued Lendvay.

With the money raised, the school is looking to buy 400-500 more books for their classroom libraries in a variety of topics.

"There is just so many statistics out there right now that students need to be on par at an earlier age. We put a lot of resources, here at Three Hills School, into our early literacy program or to try and get kids caught up that aren't," he concluded. "Even in our high school, we implemented a ten minutes a day, drop everything and read program. Every student and teacher basically needs to read for ten minutes."

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