School rewards students with teacher sliming

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Dobbins Elementary gave their students a number of awards during an assembly on April 13. After the assembly, the students watched as Alex Cook, Delaney Ankeles, Kennedy Henderson, McKenna Daley and Amanda Ray smiled technology teacher Nick Blanch. Pictured, the students stand by Blanch.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Dobbins Elementary assembly for their read-a-thon began with a choir performance so the students got a chance to see what the choir program does. Pictured, the students sang "Somebody to Love" by Queen.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Dobbins Elementary principal Michael Daley rewarded the students for their hard work during the school's read-a-thon program. Pictured, he and Nick Blanch drew names from a raffle.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Dobbins students logged the amount of minutes they read between Feb. 5 and Feb. 24 for the school's read-a-thon. Pictured, principal Michael Daley recognized the students who read over 1200 minutes during the program.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Dobbins Elementary's read-a-thon also acted as a fundraiser for the school's PTO. The students raised $8,812.76 during the program. The students who earned the most pledge money got the chance to dump buckets of slime on teacher Nick Blanch. Pictured, Alex Cook poured smile on Blanch.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Dobbins Elementary students celebrated the achievements they accomplished during their read-a-thon program with an assembly on April 13.

Principal Michael Daley rewarded the students for their hard work during the read-a-thon. The students who won the top prize got to slime technology teacher Nick Blanch.

“It’s worth it. The kids love it,” said Blanch, dripping slime after the students dropped buckets full of it on him.

The students made a log of the amount of minutes they read each day during the read-a-thon from Feb. 5-24. Daley gathered the minutes by each student and commended the full school, classrooms and individual students for their work.

The school raised $8,812.76 through the read-a-thon. The money went to the PTO to use for future endeavors at the end of the school year, such as the school’s visit to a YSU baseball game in May and their “fun day” in June. The school will close at the end of the school year, but the money left over will follow the students and PTO to the next building.

Daley set a goal of 110,000 minutes for the school to reach to slime Blanch. They collectively read 151,840, greatly surpassing their goal.

The school had an assembly prior to dumping slime on Blanch. The high school’s choir program started the assembly to demonstrate what the choir program does. Then, Daley gave a number of awards for student accomplishments during the read-a-thon.

He named the 39 students who read more than 1,200 minutes during the program. Those who read the most in each classroom received a coupon to One Hot Cookie and a bulldog that Blanch made using a 3D printer. The names of each of the approximately 120 students who read more than 400 minutes were entered into a raffle. Daley drew 10 names, who won a certificate for a personal party at Youngstown Skate.

Daley gave the students awards for their pledge contributions as well. Those who raised the top pledge amount in each classroom won a trip to Extreme Air Trampoline Park. Nick Henry’s fourth grade class earned a “Ninja Warrior Hour” at the Warrior Warehouse in Boardman. The top students enter another raffle where a student won a trip to Kennywood.

After Daley gave out the awards, the students filed outside to the parking lot where students poured slime on Blanch. He sat on a bucket and awaited to be slimed. The top pledgers won the opportunity to slime him. One-by-one, Alex Cook, Delaney Ankeles, Kennedy Henderson, McKenna Daley and Amanda Ray took turns dumping buckets of slime on Blanch.

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