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Lincoln School principal leads students in chicken dance

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Lincoln School Principal Bucky Bates donned a chicken costume and danced with Cat in the Hat March 3 to honor a reading challenge to his students.

Courtesy<br> Lincoln School Principal Bucky Bates donned a chicken costume and danced with Cat in the Hat March 3 to honor a reading challenge to his students.

On Monday, March 3, Lincoln School Principal Bucky Bates climbed into a chicken suit and led his students in the Chicken Dance.

Bates was honoring a challenge: If the students read 72,000 minutes outside of the classroom, he would provide some kind of outrageous entertainment.

The students exceeded their goal, and the reading committee found a chicken suit for him to wear.

In addition to reaching their reading goal, the students raised $3,730 for the Heifer International project. Heifer International gives animals to families worldwide to help provide sustainable food sources and incomes to give children hope.

Local merchants donated prizes to encourage the students to participate. The prizes included movie tickets, ice cream cone vouchers, pizza coupons and kids' meals.

During the March 3 Read Across America Assembly, Sun-up Rotary Club representatives contributed $730 in support of Lincoln School and children abroad.

Lincoln School principals have a history of acting strangely to encourage children to read. Former principal Frank Lawhead kissed a pig after the students reached their reading goal.

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