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Castro kids go bananas over reading

Castro School's principal, Judy Crates, donned a full gorilla suit on Sept. 8 -- following through on a promise she made to her students last year.

She told her students at Castro that if they read more books over the summer than students at any other school in the Mountain View Whisman School District, she would go ape, almost literally.

"Well, it happened. So I did," Crates said, and with great results. "Truly, it was one of the highlights of my career."

Last week, Crates put on a gorilla costume she had tucked away in her closet and wheeled a cart of bananas around the campus, handing the yellow fruit out to students and congratulating them for reading 3,719 books over the summer.

Some children didn't know what to make of the scene, others were a bit scared and still others were absolutely ecstatic to see their normally reserved principal climb on the school roof in the hairy outfit. Crates said she had a blast.

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Castro kids go bananas over reading

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 15, 2011, 11:35 am
Updated: Fri, Sep 16, 2011, 10:08 am

Castro School's principal, Judy Crates, donned a full gorilla suit on Sept. 8 -- following through on a promise she made to her students last year.

She told her students at Castro that if they read more books over the summer than students at any other school in the Mountain View Whisman School District, she would go ape, almost literally.

"Well, it happened. So I did," Crates said, and with great results. "Truly, it was one of the highlights of my career."

Last week, Crates put on a gorilla costume she had tucked away in her closet and wheeled a cart of bananas around the campus, handing the yellow fruit out to students and congratulating them for reading 3,719 books over the summer.

Some children didn't know what to make of the scene, others were a bit scared and still others were absolutely ecstatic to see their normally reserved principal climb on the school roof in the hairy outfit. Crates said she had a blast.

"The pictures say it all," she said.

Comments

Margo
Monta Loma
on Sep 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm
Margo, Monta Loma
on Sep 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

This sounds like great fun! Congratulations to this principal for her creative idea in motivating the kids. I am sure it is something that the children will remember for a long time.


Julie
North Whisman
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:52 am
Julie, North Whisman
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

The kids at Castro loved this! Dr. Crates challenged the kids and they responded. Thanks Dr. Crates for being so creative and fun! Go Castro!


A proud Castro parent
Cuesta Park
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:52 am
A proud Castro parent, Cuesta Park
on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

Dr. Crates is an inspiration to all of her students and their parents. We are SO lucky to have the BEST principal in the MVWSD! Thank you Dr. Crates, you have worked wonders with our children at Castro!


Ernie
Cuernavaca
on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:10 am
Ernie, Cuernavaca
on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

Wow, you'd think the teachers had nothing to do with it.


Martin Omander
Rex Manor
on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Martin Omander, Rex Manor
on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Good job, kids and teachers at Castro! And a great way for the principle to recognize their achievement!


Ana Rodrigue
Castro City
on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm
Ana Rodrigue, Castro City
on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I would said she is the most fun and creative principal the school ever have, I saw some kids looking the pictures and they were proud and excited about what she did.


Kathy
Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2011 at 8:00 am
Kathy, Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

Dr. Crates and her staff are amazing as is Castro School. But, don't forget that the reading program was done at the Mountain View Public Library - another great institution in Mountain View!! They tracked the kids from all the schools and provided the encouragement, books, and programs all during the summer while school was closed.


Ned
Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm
Ned, Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Kathy, you're right. The Library must be another great institution in Mountain View. After all, the head of it makes more than the superintendent of the schools for running one building a tenth of the staff, and responsible for the education of no children.

As far as the library tracking children, that scares the hell out me.


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