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Challenge accepted: Baxterville principal reads to students from school rooftop

Martha Smith dressed as a pirate for the "Principal Challenge." Martha Smith dressed as a pirate for the "Principal Challenge."
BASTERVILLE, MS (WDAM) -

It may have been below 50 degrees Friday morning, but that didn't stop a Pine Belt principal from reading to her students from the roof of her school.

Martha Smith, principal of Baxterville schools showed her love for reading to students by accepting the "Principal Challenge."

"Kristy Hawthron's second grade class asked me to take the challenge, and I accepted,"said Smith.

The challenge is sponsored by the Book It Pizza Hut program. 

Smith committed the entire day on the roof of the school from bell to bell, wearing different costumes relating to the book she was reciting. 

"I think reading is the most important skill a student can ever learn," said Smith. "We have a literacy based probation act, and it is to improve kindergarten through third grade reading levels so students can be reading at or above grade level. I want to motivate them to read."

Smith started the challenge with the book "Teach Like a Pirate," dressed as a scurvy buccaneer. 

The school will receive 101 copies of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul for the school library as a gift for their participation in the challenge. 

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