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Chesapeake Elementary hosts Read Across America finale

CHESAPEAKE — She’s been hit in the face with pies, had slime dumped on her and duct taped to the wall.

Every year, Chesapeake Elementary School principal Trisha Harris happily suffers as a way to motivate students at her school to read.

On Friday, the school hosted the wrap-up finale of Read Across America Week, which takes part in honor of the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Each year, Harris asks students to take home a sheet, pledging to read for a set time each night, and return it.

Those who completed the challenge were brought to the stage, where they each got to pour a cup of water over Harris.

After each grade level went through, the teachers of the leading classes in the pledge challenge then dumped buckets of water over Harris. Then, as a finale, a bucket full of ice was dumped into the kiddie pool with the principal.

Friday’s assembly also honored Bella Marks and Savannah Dillon, who raised funds for the American Heart Association. For more on that effort, check out Thursday’s edition of The Tribune.