Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A Northland school is competing to bring "the Fonz" to their school in the Scholastic Book Fair's Spring 2012 National Elementary School Contest.
After four months of preparation, St. John's Elementary kicked off its contest by bringing in a Hawaiian dancer and fire twirler this morning, hanging up decorations, having a Hawaiian lunch...and continuing the celebration with a book reading by Father Rich.
The winner of the contest will receive a visit from the one and only Henry Winkler from "Happy Days" ...as well as a two-thousand dollar donation that will go toward Scholastic merchandise for the school.
Book Fair Chair-person, Linda Lenard, says school officials are hoping the book fair will get elementary students excited about reading.
"The main goal is to get the children to read more through the summer because children fall back in the summer time with reading skills, so we need them to get caught up on that," says the Book Fair Chairperson, Linda Lenard.
St. Johns Elementary students will also be taking part in a contest to break the Guinness Book of World records for the most minutes read over the summer.
Students will have to read more than 75-million minutes to break the record.