Elementary School Students Ride in Style to School

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Kyla Igoe

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW)- Top performers with the school's Reading Reward Program were selected from each grade level to travel in a limousine to school.

The students were selected from 150 participants. The program is an interactive approach to help encourage summer reading. The children who participated in the program were able to log and monitor their reading time online.

With each minute spent reading, the students were able to accumulate reward points for various online items.

"None of them knew that there was a limo ride at the end," said Principal Larry Militello. "They knew there was going to be a grand prize but some just thought it was going to be a candy bar."

The 11 students learned the grand prize was much sweeter than a candy bar, when the limousine stopped at their houses to begin their commute.

"I was screaming. I was just so super happy. I loved it!," said Student Peyton Chen.

Country Parkway Elementary accumulated more than 200,000 minutes of reading thanks to the 150 participants.

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