'Arrrrr' these Pleasant students ready for Right to Read Week?

Cary Ashby • Mar 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Pirates have invaded Pleasant Elementary.

But don’t panic; this wasn’t about plundering to find “pieces of eight” (i.e. gold). And this wasn’t an incident involving scruffy criminals with a love for wearing eye patches and bandanas.

No, the annual Right to Read Week at Pleasant is about finding treasure — reading.

The elementary school kicked off the week with a pirate-based, all-school assembly. In addition to a pirate skeleton in the corner of the cafeteria, the front hallway features a massive, inflatable pirate ship and the entrance to classrooms feature the teacher’s pirate nickname. 

Students, during Monday’s assembly, laughed each time third-grade teacher Amy Mayer mentioned the word “booty.” 

“What’s the matter?” said Mayer, who had a peg leg to complement her pirate outfit and used “herrrrr” best dialect. “It means treasure.”

Many teachers performed a play titled “Reading Is a Treasure,” written by special needs paraprofessional Vickie Hemenway, for the students.

“Our goal is to read 30,000 minutes,” said Principal Janice Smith — better known to the pirate underworld as “Captain Smith.”

Over the years, the administrator has been at the center of many climactic Right to Read Week activities if her students reach their reading goal.

“I’ve been slimed, kissed a pig and taped to the wall,” Smith said.

This week she has agreed to have “seagull poop” dropped on her. A wooden scoreboard created by Rebecca Clark, mother to second-grader Madeline, will hold the reading minutes of each classroom. Clark also painted a realistic stand-up of Smith and two cartoon alligators, all of which decorate the main hallway.

“Captain Smith is going to give a whole new meaning to the word ‘poop deck,’” Mayer said. “I want to see Captain Smith pooped on just as much as you do.”

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