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Plane Ride for Excellent Readers

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Several hard working students from Oklahoma earned themselves a reward for excelling in reading tests, a plane ride.

"You have to read A. R. books, pass them and my goal was to get 5 points or more" says 2nd grade student Abeni Michels.

Students from Fairland Elementary and middle schools earned themselves an exhilarating experience for a job well done.

"I always try to do something big if you can meet that reading goal all four 9 weeks, what special treat can I have for you" says Librarian Cecilia Housman.

Thanks to time donated by several pilots in Miami, 30 students buckle up to become passengers on small airplanes and then fly through the Oklahoma skies.

Some of the students have only been on a plane once or twice and some have never even be on a plane.

Second grade student Abeni Michels who read more than 200 books and has her very first flight.

"It's really fun to see their eyes light up, their voices get loud and their looking all around taking pictures, it is just very satisfying" says pilot Jeff Stewart, M.D.

"Reading affects everything you do. Whether you're doing math or science, you have to read in everything and it helps you to think and to help your imagination grow" says Housman.

Housman also says with all the success she's had with the accelerated reading program this year the skies the limit and she hopes more students will be reaching for that goal.

This year alone, Housman has seen a big increase in students receiving above an 85% on the accelerated reading tests, especially in the elementary school age.

Abeni said she had fun for her first flying experience and hopes to fly again soon.

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