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VIDEO: Lincoln principal dressed as pig after students surpassed reading goal

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Karen Hughes dressed in a pig costume escorts parents and students across a crosswalk Wednesday afternoon in Prescott. Students at Lincoln Elementary read over 1,000 minutes exceeding their goal for National Read Across America Day and having Principal Hughes dress up in a pig outfit.

Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Karen Hughes dressed in a pig costume escorts parents and students across a crosswalk Wednesday afternoon in Prescott. Students at Lincoln Elementary read over 1,000 minutes exceeding their goal for National Read Across America Day and having Principal Hughes dress up in a pig outfit.

PRESCOTT - Lincoln Elementary Principal Karen Hughes dressed as a pig Wednesday, March, 2, after students at the school exceeded their reading goal for the month of February.

Wednesday was the national Read Across America Day, coinciding with the birthday of popular children's book author Dr. Seuss.

During a morning assembly, Hughes showed off her pig costume.

"This year, if they read 100,000 minutes, I promised to dress up like a pig for the entire day," she said.

In February, students collectively at the school read more than 105,000 minutes.

Read Across America Day punctuates the school's monthlong reading goals.

"All students are encouraged to read at home tonight with their family," Hughes said. "We really hope they're doing it all the time, but we really use today as a focus day to get people excited about reading and to get parents and families excited about reading."

What's more, students who doubled their grade-level reading goals had a movie day with Hughes. Students who tripled their goals will go on a trip to the YMCA to go swimming.

At Lincoln Elementary, the day also completes the school's Reading and Feeding Challenge, an annual fundraiser that supports nonprofit charities that provide food to people in need.

"This year, we decided to keep our funds local," Hughes said.

Half the money the school raised will go to the Hungry Kids Project, a program that each weekend sends home bags of food with students who need the assistance.

The other half of the proceeds will go to Prescott Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to the community's older residents.

Hughes expressed her appreciation to all those who donated to the school's fundraiser, now in its 11th year. She specifically highlighted the yearly partnership with the Sunup Rotary Club, one of the primary sponsors of the event.