Chippewa Falls, WI (WEAU) -- Congratulations were in order Friday for Hillcrest Elementary school in Chippewa Falls as they were selected as the WEAU/Gordy's County Market "Schools Rule" winner for the month of September. The students rewarded after reading more than a million minutes over the summer.
"Anytime you attach reading and kids, I think it's a great win-win for everybody."
It was an exciting afternoon for the kids at Hillcrest Elementary. They took their PBIS initiative (Positive, Behavioral, Intervention, Supports) to heart this summer, as the students reading topped a million minutes.
Principal Rob Vanderloop says, "This school rules because we have an excellent staff who just care about their kids and kids that are learning to do the right thing at such an early age, creating great citizens here at Hillcrest."
The teachers used prizes and incentives to help motivate the kids to read over the summer, and say the three-thousand dollars in General Mills box tops will help them push the kids even further. 4th grade teacher Katie Jackson says the success of their school starts in their students homes.
Katie Jackson says, "Especially our families, if not for our families pushing our kids during the summer when we're not with them, it never would have happened. Our community has worked well as a team and I'm proud of everyone."
Hillcrest will celebrate their "Schools Rule" award on September 26th when they will be giving out books to encourage their students to keep on reading. 5th grader Gabriel Vargas says it's cool that his school gets to spend the money to better their education, "3,000 dollars is kind of a lot of money when it comes to spending school-wise."
To nominate your school, go to weau.com and click on CONTESTS. Tell us specifically why your "School Rules" and how you would spend the three thousand dollars to help benefit your students and staff.