Just like the Baltimore Ravens stepped up on the biggest stage in the Super Bowl, the third graders taught by Heather Pals also rose to the challenge recently.
The Anson Elementary School class was competing in the fourth annual Times-Republican Super Goals challenge. The students took on a goal to read a total of 10,000 minutes between 22 of them over the course of three weeks.
They shattered the goal ending up with 12,590 minutes.
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Jaquelin Garza, left, and Ray’Shi Lowery enjoy some pizza during a party Monday for their third grade class at Anson Elementary School. The party was a result of the class meeting the Times-Republican Super Goals reading challenge.
"That was a lot of reading," Pals said. "It was amazing. It was great to see them excited about something."
As a result of reaching their goal, the Times-Republican provided a pizza party for the class Monday.
"This is too great that I can't stand it," said student Xander Harwell as he chomped away at a piece of pizza.
The challenge was meant to coincide with the Super Bowl as the students read books leading up to the deadline before the game. Mayleen Ramirez totaled the most reading minutes of all of the students as she piled up 1,597 minutes.
"I helped my class meet the goal," Ramirez said.
Pals said she has noticed students improving in their reading since the challenge began.
"They are thinking more about what they are reading," Pals said. "Just the practicing of reading has made them better readers."
Hunter Baccam quietly ate his pizza at the back of the class. When it was time for him to comment on the pizza party he said: "It's awesome. The best thing ever."
Pals said the class will now take on a new reading goal to total 15,000 minutes of reading in February.
"They were so excited for this that we set another goal," she said.