Hilltop dresses principal literature-style

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.After dressing Hilltop Elementary School Principal Joe Maroni in clothing inspired by classic children’s books, Charn Creed, Hilltop first-grade teacher, read the students “The Little Principal Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” at the school’s CHRISTIE Campaign assembly.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Holding up his end of the bargain to his students, Hilltop Elementary School Principal Joe Maroni was dressed in clothing inspired by classic children’s books, such as swim fins from “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” a grass skirt from “Junie B. Jones Aloha Ha Ha,” a fancy shirt from “Fancy Nancy,” giant mittens from “The Mitten,” a babushka from “Strega Nona” and a feather boa from “Amazing Grace” at the school’s CHRISTIE Campaign assembly on May 4.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School Principal Joe Maroni read “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” to students at the school’s CHRISTIE Campaign assembly on May 4.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Hilltop Elementary School students and Principal Joe Maroni celebrated the 20th year of the CHRISTIE Campaign quite fashionably on May 4.

The CHRISTIE Campaign (Children Helping Readers in Situations That Involve Everyone) is a read-a-thon program, during which students collect pledges. This year the theme was “Share the Experience-READ!”

The student body was challenged to read 100,000 minutes, which they accomplished and went beyond. The students were rewarded with an assembly and some fun with Maroni.

“It is my understanding that you all have done some reading the past month, and now I do something in return. I really don’t know what’s going on, so I am going to hand the floor over to Mrs. Creed,” Maroni said.

Charn Creed, Hilltop Elementary School first-grade teacher, addressed the students.

“You should be proud of yourselves. Your hard work has brought us to this assembly. This is the 20th year for the CHRISTIE Campaign and do you realize it’s been going on longer than you’ve been alive?! The purpose of the CHRISTIE Campaign is to raise money to buy books for Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley. Over the past 20 years, Hilltop has raised $45,252.47, which was used to by 18,748 books,” Creed said.

Moving onto the business at hand, Creed let the students and Maroni in on what they were in for at the assembly.

“You have demonstrated your great reading skills to be able to raise money to buy books this year. You were challenged to read 100,000 minutes during the month of April. You came together to read 86,857 minutes at home. Combined with your reading minutes at school, you have read close to 200,000 minutes. Because you are such good readers, you see Mr. Maroni on stage. Because of your hard work, you have held up your end of the bargain and being the good sport he is, he is now going to hold up his end of the bargain,” Creed said.

Creed went onto explain that she had chosen the book “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” for Maroni to read to the students. After Maroni read the book, Creed had a surprise for him, and the students.

Creed told the students she picked out some other books she thought they would like, but they weren’t going to read them today. They were going to choose certain fashion choices from the books and put them on Mr. Maroni, essentially dressing him up literature-style.

The books Creed chose were “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “Junie B. Jones Aloha Ha Ha,” “Fancy Nancy,” “The Mitten,” “Strega Nona” and “Amazing Grace.”

“Would you like to share the experience with Mr. Maroni? Reading is not only a thing we do, we can also act the stories out. Mr. Maroni is going to act some out, but he is not dressed for the occasion. These books will influence the costume Mr. Maroni wears today,” Creed told the students.

Much to the delight of the students, Creed proceeded to dress Maroni in swim fins from “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” a grass skirt from “Junie B. Jones Aloha Ha Ha,” a fancy shirt from “Fancy Nancy,” giant mittens from “The Mitten,” a babushka from “Strega Nona” and a feather boa from “Amazing Grace.”

After Maroni was properly dressed, Creed read the made-up story of “The Little Principal Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” to the students.

To close the assembly, Creed encouraged the students to keep reading.

“We hope you had fun. You must continue to read. To be a good reader you have to practice. And to be a better person, you must help others. With the CHRISTIE Campaign, you have done both,” Creed said.

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