Sussex Avenue elementary students read for pizza…and to duct-tape their principal to the wall


What better way is there to motivate kids to read than to reward them with duct taping their principal to the wall?

Sussex Avenue School Media Specialist Christine Kelly certainly thought so.

Kelly challenged students to read for 15 minutes every day, including weekends, for one month.

Some 130 students completed the task, allowing them to put a piece of duct tape on their principal, Peter Frazzano.

Fighting the heat, Frazzano remained stuck to the wall for about an hour before being set free on Wednesday. He was given water and fanned by members of the Sussex school faculty.

Sussex Avenue faculty and students working hard to duct tape their principal to the wall.

Mrs. Bruno’s and Mrs. Devlin’s fourth grade class came out on top, reading for more than 26,000 minutes. The students were rewarded with a pizza lunch.

Creating a different challenge for Fall and Spring every year, Kelly aims to motivate students to read more.

“You have to keep things fresh,” she commented.

And the kids loved having their principal stuck to the wall.

“You don’t have to listen to your teachers when they’re being duct taped!” said Caden, a 4th-grader in the winning class.

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