A total of 22 third graders at Anson Elementary School might be hard to get ahold of in the next few weeks - they have some reading to do.
The class of Heather Pals has accepted the 2013 Times-Republican Super Goals challenge. The class has decided to have a reading goal.
Over the next three weeks leading up to the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, the class will attempt to read a total of 10,000 minutes, both at school and at home.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
This third grade class taught by Heather Pals is the next class to tackle the Times-Republican Super Goals challenge. They will attempt to spend a total of 10,000 minutes reading over the next three weeks. Pictured are, front row, from left, Jayda Perkins, Jonathan Aquino, Alexander Thompson, Luis Chavez, Cristian Ambriz-Guitierrez and Lizbeth Garcia Tellez. Second row, Ruben Gallegos, Tesla Cooper, Sandro Morales, Hunter Baccam, Dominick Ramirez, Xander Harwell, Miguel Hernandez Rodriguez, Jaquelin Garza and Kayla Garcia. Back row, Jahir Monge, Billy Cook, Biancah Brimson, Noelani Berg, Dayanara Martinez Calderon, Mayleen Ramirez and Rah’Shi Lowery.
That breaks down to 454 minutes for each student. Pals told the class to try to read 20 minutes at home each night to try to complete the challenge.
"I think they can do it," Pals said. "The key will be reading at home."
If they meet the goal, the Times-Republican will show up the week after the Super Bowl with pizza for all during a special classroom party to celebrate.
When asked what he looked forward to most in the challenge, 9-year-old student Luis Chavez said: "pizza and (being in the) newspaper."
His classmate, Biancah Brimson, 9, is also looking forward to the challenge.
"It's going to be fun," Brimson said. "I like reading at home and reading at school."
Pals said improving reading is a big goal anyway for the classroom, so it was fitting to make it a Super Goal this year.
"Part of our goal is to get better at reading," she said.
So the pursuit of the pizza has begun for the 8 and 9 year olds in the class and they bury their heads in books this month.
"They are ready to start it," Pals said. "This is the most excitement I've seen from them in awhile."
This is the fourth classroom to take part in the T-R Super Goals challenge. Previous classes which took part in the challenge were from Hoglan, Woodbury and Franklin elementary schools.