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Top Torrington readers get a special ride to school in a fire truck

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A fire truck pulled up in front of Hunter Massey's house Tuesday morning to take him to school.

Hunter was the top reader in his class, and he, along with a group of other superstar readers at Torrington's Lincoln Elementary School, got to take the extra cool trip to school.
 
"All the top readers get a ride on the fire truck," said Torrington firefighter Jeremy Straley. "The program is called 'Blazing a Trail for Reading' where we keep track of all the minutes the students spend reading, rather than how fast or how many books or anything like that, so its fair across the playing field for all the kids here."
 
The superstar readers got dropped off at school in front of all their friends, and each got a special award.
 
Straley says the program s beneficial to the students in several ways.

"It gets us into the schools, with a little bit of fire prevention knowledge that's subliminal, they kinda don't know about. It lets them see other adults as readers, and inspires them to read. getting them to read at home is what we really look at."
 
Lincoln Principal Angie Halvorson says the students doubled their reading minutes each month, and have passed every goal the school has set.

"The kids monitor their minutes they read every single night, the teachers check it off every single day. Research behind read at home programs has shown that daily accountants has lead to greatest success."
 
The Blazing A Trail Through Reading program is not only something the kids look forward to, but their parents as well.
 
"I think that those parents are excited," Straley said. "Seeing that fire engine pull up in front of their house with the lights and sirens going, and their student being the top reader, getting that ride on the fire truck, I think its pretty good to that whole family."
 
Program organizers say it's the support of each students family, teachers, and community that leads to their reading successes.

This is the third year the Goshen County Fire Department and Lincoln Elementary school have teamed up for the Blazing A Trail Through Reading Program.

Principal Halvorson says the students read roughly 500,000 minutes this year.

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