Alta Sierra Elementary School Principal Gregg Motarjeme had his head shaved at an assembly at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, as an incentive for students reaching their advanced reading goal. The kids collectively read more than 7 million words this year.
While the school’s enrollment is down about 10 percent from last year, librarian Kelly Brooding said that 7 million is higher than in previous years and attributes the increase in reading to Motarjeme’s enthusiasm and building of school spirit. He has also initiated Friday school spirit days — those classes wearing the most blue/school color throughout the month get a party or longer recess. There also are HAT days — on any particular day, if Motarjeme drops into a classroom and students have all done their homework and there are no absences or tardies, they win something, maybe doughnuts.