Spanish Fork elementary students participate in 2023 Rodeo Reading Challenge

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days is sponsoring the 2023 Fiesta Day Reading Challenge for all Spanish Fork elementary students, in an effort to encourage students to read. The goal of the challenge is for students to read more this year than last year.

Seth Perrins, Spanish Fork City Manager, started off the Rodeo Assembly by letting the students know how important it is to read. He captivated each student with his stories and humor.

Mr. Perrins said that in 2022, the students read a combined total of 2,241,059 minutes, which is the same as 37,351 hours, 1,556 days, or 4 years and 2 months. Rees Elementary students were the winners in 2022, and as the prize, was able to keep the Fiesta Days Rodeo Reading Trophy for an entire year.

At the assembly, Nick Hanks, the Fiesta Days Rodeo Chairman, taught the students about different events in a rodeo and showed a PowerPoint with real-life photos of cowboys and bullfighters from the previous Fiesta Days Rodeos prepared by Angie Warner, the Fiesta Days Rodeo Secretary. Some of the Rodeo events include saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

Mr. Hanks introduced the 2022 Fiesta Days Queen, Morgan Ivie, who  enthralled the students with her sparkly personality and outfit. A new Fiesta Days Queen will be selected for 2023 before the Fiesta Days festivities begin.

The Rodeo Reading Challenge starts April 1, 2023. Students will read and keep track of their reading time the entire month of April so they can meet their reading goal to get their name in a drawing. One student from each grade in each Spanish Fork school will receive two tickets to attend the Fiesta Days Rodeo. Out of those students, two lucky students will be drawn to receive not only two rodeo tickets, but a pair of Wrangler jeans, a pair of Justin boots, and a Resistol cowboy hat.

“When we first started the reading challenge and asked how many of the students had

been to a rodeo, we would get very few hands raised,” Fiesta Days Rodeo Committee

Chairman Nick Hanks explained. “Now, eight years later, the majority of the students are raising their hands.

“Spanish Fork City is becoming more urban by the day. Twenty years ago, we had a lot of horses and cattle in the city limits,” Hanks continued. “Today, much of the farmland has been replaced with homes and businesses. The Fiesta Days Rodeo Reading Challenge has allowed our rodeo committee the chance to keep our western heritage alive.”

Good luck to each of our Spanish Fork elementary schools for 2023!

Nebo students can be a Nebo Hero by surpassing their reading goals.

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