“Go ‘Pig’ or Go Home Challenge”

Ridge Mills “Go ‘Pig’ or Go Home Challenge” Focuses on Reading
Posted on 04/25/2019
Pay it forward

In January, Ridge Mills school kicked off their “Go ‘Pig’ or Go Home Challenge”. This initiative encourages the entire student body to focus on reading. The challenge includes the ‘One School, Two Books’ (OSTB) event with a twist. If Ridge students read 400,000 minutes in the next couple of months, Principal, Michael Flagg will kiss a pig on June 17th! Classes who read the most minutes will have the opportunity to pick another adult to kiss the pig as well.


Students have been reading, “Because of Winn Dixie,” by Kate DiCamillo and “Pay it Forward, the Young Reader’s Edition, by Catherine Ryan Hyde. These two stories are centered on the themes of giving, kindness, and being an agent of change.


At the assembly in March, the student Literacy committee challenged Ridge’s 370 students to read 20 minutes a night for 54 days to reach this goal. “You can read books, sheet music or blogs,” the committee members said.  When students are done reading for 20 minutes, they color in the paper pig. The OSTB counts toward filling the pigs.


“Our focus is to build a culture of literacy throughout our school by challenging students to read every day,” said Flagg.  It’s off to a great start. “It has been wonderful hearing so many students talking about what they are reading and genuinely enjoying books. As of April 11th, there are 250,000 minutes logged, so they are more than half-way there,” he said.


Paying it forward and acts of kindness were the underlying theme of the Ridge Mills 6th grade literacy event on April 11th. Mrs. Kaier, Mrs. King, and Mr. Gates implemented an outstanding writing project for their students. All 6th-grade students have been working diligently on producing literary works after reading the book, “Paying it Forward,” by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Working in different genres such as realistic fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and playwriting, the students worked in small groups with an adult, who helped coach them through the process. Students were enthusiastic about their works and sharing them with other students, who gave them a glow (compliment) and grow (improvement) on the worksheet next to their assignment.

Thanks to Mr. Gates and AIS reading teacher, Mrs. Rothwell who worked with 12 students, including kindergarten students who were actors in the production of three plays the 6th graders wrote and acted in. Also, thanks to retired Bellamy teacher, Mrs. Nancy King who helped out at the event.

In March Ridge donated $150 (through student donations of .25 cents to dress up like a teacher, future self, or super hero) and 16 books (courtesy of the PTG) to the Rome Rescue Mission.

Thanks to Kristen Meiss for providing some of the photos!


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