Principal Eats Worms in Effort to Encourage Reading

A Principal at Holy Rosary Elementary School in Medford is taking an unorthodox approach to encouraging kids to read. While some principals may hand out candy or plan a field trip when students exceed their reading goals, Tim Havican is taking a different approach.

Inspired by the popular book How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, Havican held an assembly Friday where he ate worms in front of the whole school.

"This is an opportunity for them to get excited about reading and to see me as someone who reads." Havican says.

His goal is not just to encourage reading, but to foster a fun learning environment. His students think that he is quite the hero for being so brave in trying the worms.

"I think it says that he is a really great man. He is a great principal that he is willing to do that for us. " said student Brooke Sommer.

Holy Rosary students won the worm eating challenge after reading more than 160,000 minutes over the past semester.

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