Photo: Royal kiss
The entire student body and staff gathered in the Granville Elementary School courtyard on Nov. 7 to cheer Principal Bucky Bates as he kissed Maria, a donkey whose origin is "classified top secret information," Bates said.
The event began as a challenge to students to read books and take Reading Counts quizzes starting Sept. 1 with a 10,000-point goal to be reached by Oct. 31. On Oct. 30, students had surpassed their goal by 5 points. Bates described the kissing experience as "warm and fuzzy."