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Mystery Safari Leads McFall Students To Reading Fun

In teams of three, they tracked their clues by following different animal footprints along the hallways. And when they caught up to their prey, they had to read and solve a riddle to discover the type of animal they had been tracking. Then, using their iPads, they scanned a QR code to link directly to a video about that animal.

"It was a lot of fun," said Kacey Gorodenski. "I liked it a lot."

Elijah Frazer put his binoculars up to his face as he walked down the hallway pretending to be on a real safari.

The safari was put together by first grade teacher Karen Seifert as a special treat during March is Reading Month. Seifert said she just wanted to do something to help keep the students motivated and excited about reading.

Seifert said putting the eight riddles and linking the videos took a lot of time, but she's really happy with the results. And, she said the students throughout the school were very excited to go on the safari and figure out the clues.

"Our reading theme this month is "Wild About Reading" so I figured a safari would be a good idea," said Seifert. "It was a lot of fun. They were really excited about it."

McFall continues celebrating March is Reading Month with special events and days throughout the rest of the month. Some upcoming specials include dressing up like their favorite fairy tale character March 18, an animal headband  day on March 25, and an ice cream treat and dress up like a character from The Wild Thing on March 30.