Penn Elementary read-a-thon includes cartoonist Duane Abel, turning principals into burrito bowls
Posted on 11/18/2018
Author Duane Abel and staff at Penn Elementary with burrito toppings Penn Elementary School’s read-a-thon encouraged students to read at school and at home while asking friends and family to support their efforts through monetary donations. Cartoonist Duane Abel provided inspiration, and the top readers from each grade level were rewarded with the chance to turn their principals into burrito bowls.

During Penn Elementary School’s two-week read-a-thon, students met their goal of reading 350,000 minutes. Through a website, families and friends donated to the students’ reading endeavors. The fundraising efforts garnered over $19,000. The school gets to keep $14,315, which will be used to purchase laptops.

Abel’s presentation to students entitled ‘Draw Your Own Destiny’ promotes goal-setting, the power of literacy, and the importance of education. Abel’s best-known work is the comic strip ZED, a character who lived in underground tunnels between washers and dryers before finding his adopted family. ZED is featured in several weekly newspapers and comic books that are published by Abel’s company Corkey Comics.

Students used lettuce, refried beans, sour cream, taco sauce and cheese to create burrito bowls out of their Principal Dr. Elliott Bolles, Assistant Principal Margo Simpson and Administrative Intern Lori Pawlik.

This type of fun reward is a tradition at Penn Elementary. School Librarian Judy Swank explained, “we have slimed the principals and turned them into ice cream sundaes.”

Penn Staff Members being turned into burrito bowls.

Illustrator/Author Duane Abel visit Penn ES