Cardinal students enjoy principal's reading challenge

Students at Cardinal Elementary had the opportunity to see their principal dress up in a variety of costumes and themes for the principal's reading challenge Thursday.

Principal Cindy Shepherd went from grade to grade in themes like outer space, camping and rock star, reading all day in honor of National Young Reader's Week. The fourth grade's theme was a castle, and when KTVO asked a few students what they thought of their principal donned in princess gear, the general consensus was "pretty funny".

The goal of the challenge is to model to students that adults read too and you can get enjoyment out of reading at any age. Fourth-grader Peyton Johnson said the challenge "makes you smarter" and said he enjoys reading chapter books.

By participating in the challenge, Cardinal is entered to win over 100 books for their library. They're also holding a contest for the best theme, and the winning grade level gets a pizza party. You can vote for your favorite theme on the district's Facebook page.