Milan students rock 15th annual Read-a-thon

Guest readers visited the students at Milan Elementary School Friday.

A 15-year tradition is still running strong at Milan Elementary School.

The annual Read-a-thon is an event students, staff and community members look forward to every year.

Friday's entire school day was dedicated to reading, writing creative stories, and taking Accelerated Reading quizzes.

Students even get to wear their pajamas and listen to special 'guest' readers present their favorite books.

â??The kids get very excited about it, and then that carries out into the community where they will also come in and read. A lot of parents who don't have kids in our school anymore will still come back and read because it was such a fun experience for them to share their favorite books,â?? said Tennille Banner, the Milan Elementary School Principal.

The Read-a-thon started as a fundraiser for classroom libraries, but now any money donated by community members benefits the school's Accelerated Reading program.

Ultimately, educators hope to inspire an excitement for reading from an early age.

Plans for next yearâ??s Read-a-thon are already in the works.

Administrators hope to break a special "Dr. Seuss" related Guinness World Record.