The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 12, 2012

Crescent principal puckers up for good WESTEST scores

Crescent Elementary School principal Theresa Lewis is willing to do just about anything to get her students excited about reaching the mark when it comes to grades.

In the past she has kissed a donkey and even taken a pie in the face.

Thursday she puckered up and kissed a pig — something she promised to do if students improved their WESTEST scores 5 percent in reading and math.

The kids more than met their goal and after waiting all summer long to find out their scores, they were ready to see this promise come to fruition. Lewis said it is important to inject some spectacle and fun into making and breaking their testing goals.

“We take benchmark tests and with every test we have a challenge and a goal to improve. We try to teach goal setting and how to realign goals. That’s how successful people think and we are trying to train our kids to think that way,” she explained.

The pig was provided by the family of fifth-grader Madison Taylor.

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