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A pie in the face to promote reading

Farmington Elementary School teacher Tom Murphy takes a pie in the face Friday because his read for a cumulative 9,365 minutes in two weeks as part of the school's recent reading challenge. Teachers whose classes read the most minutes got hit with a pie.

Farmington Elementary School students had a little fun with staff April 15. The students were challenged to read as much as they could in a two week span. Teachers of the classes with the most number of minutes got pies in their faces during Friday's assembly. All told, FES students read a total of 66,662 minutes, or 1,111 hours. Tom Murphy's fourth grade class read the most minutes, with 9,365. Even Principal Ben Januschka got into the festivities, taking a pie in the face, too.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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