Students meet reading goal, duct tape teacher to wall

Students at the Ponoka Christian School had a blast duct-taping one of their teachers to a wall after meeting a goal

Students at Ponoka Christian School are eager to tape up teacher Joel Longard Thursday

Students at Ponoka Christian School are eager to tape up teacher Joel Longard Thursday

Students at the Ponoka Christian School had a blast duct-taping one of their teachers to a wall after meeting a goal of reading for more than 25,000 collective minutes in the month of February.

Inclusive education teacher Laureen Sandin said students held an I Love to Read event where they raised money for Bibles for Missions and had a goal to read for more than 25,000 minutes. If they did, teacher Joel Longard agreed to be taped up to the school’s gym wall.

Not only did they reach their goal, they surpassed it; all the students read for more than 27,000 minutes in February, said Longard. The school also donated $420 for the Bibles for Missions store in Ponoka.

Sandin said parents helped track their children’s progress but the initiative to read came from the students themselves. After everyone got a chance tape up Longard, the final test came and Sandin said the tape worked and Longard stayed stuck to the wall.