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January 17, 2019

Last week, many of our third graders engaged in a few of their favorite things: reading, helping others, and being with friends. They read books for a Read-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital, raising $3,389! For those who are interested, the third graders exceeded their goal by an astounding $1,389. Students raised funds through pledges, some based on per page goals while others opted for pledges based on chapters read. Whatever the method, they more than met their goals!

Mrs. Klein and I spent a few minutes marveling at this year’s success. She noted the history of the tradition, which is “in its ninth year. It’s a fun way to promote reading while supporting a good cause. It’s special for the students, as they have the school to themselves. They spend time with friends, share some pizza, and even take time for ‘brain breaks’ to play games.” Along with Mrs. Sanzone, Mrs. Klein loves the tradition and knows the students do, too.

There isn’t a better way to tell the story of James River Day School’s character than to reflect on the actions of the third grade students and their teachers. Caring about others -- and taking action to make a difference -- is the application of compassionate leadership. This is what JRDS is all about.

The News & Advance also wrote a story about the third graders and their Read-a-thon.