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PHOTO GALLERY: School Read-a-Thon uses themes, activities to encourage students to read

Friday, November 18, 2011 | 1:25 p.m. CST; updated 5:57 p.m. CST, Friday, November 18, 2011
Paige Ingalls, 7, reads a short chapter book during the Read-a-Thon at Columbia Independent School on Friday morning. Columbia Independent School has held a Read-a-Thon on the last day before Thanksgiving break for 10 years.

COLUMBIA — Columbia Independent School hosted a Read-a-Thon Friday morning to encourage students to read.

The school hosts the event every year before Thanksgiving break, oftentimes incorporating themes. This year, the third-grade class' theme was "Gone Camping," teacher Megan Pursifull said. Students were allowed to bring stuffed animals and pajamas and got the chance to make forts with their desks and sheets.

"I wish my teacher had done this when I was a kid," Pursifull said. "By the end of the day, I might be under my desk."

A 4-foot teddy bear rests in a cubby outside Irene Hayzen's fourth grade classroom at Columbia Independent School on Friday morning. Students were invited to bring stuffed animals and wear pajamas as part of a daylong Read-a-Thon.
Hunter Bailey, 8, reads from beneath his desk fort in Megan Pursifull's third grade classroom at Columbia Independent School on Friday morning. Although the theme of her room was "Gone Camping," Pursifull joked that it could also be "Occupy Third Grade."
Claire Swindle, 8, shows Rosalind Swanson, 9, a page in her book during the Read-a-Thon in Megan Pursifull's third grade class at Columbia Independent School on Friday morning. "I wish my teacher had done this when I was a kid," Pursifull said. "By the end of the day, I might be under my desk."
Anna Faler, 9, reads in her fuzzy house shoes in Irene Hayzen's fourth grade class during the Read-a-Thon at Columbia Independent School on Friday morning.

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