Roxbury elementary students "pig out" on reading assignment
By Trish Adams
Roxbury Central School Principal Tom O‚ÄôBrien had a hot date with a celebrity pig last Thursday, since he promised to kiss Daisy the Pot-Bellied Pig five times if the elementary children at RCS would read a total of 100,000 minutes during ‚ÄúFor the Love of Books‚Äù month, with extra kisses for extra minutes. So Principal O‚ÄôBrien was well fortified with flowers and mouthwash, because the kids had gone hog wild and read a total of more than 145,000 minutes.‚ÄÇ
Actually, by the time Farmer Minor had told the story of Daisy, the runt of her litter, and how cute and scared she‚Äôd been as a tiny piglet, everyone at the assembly wanted to give Daisy some love. And, for a pot-bellied pig, 13-year-old Daisy is practically svelte, weighing a mere 116 pounds. Farmer Minor contrasted that with the biggest pig of all time, Big Bill, who weighed more than a ton and was nine-feet long!‚ÄÇ
At her farm home in Bristol, CT, Daisy sleeps with Farmer Minor and Mrs. Minor every night, nestled under the covers with the cat (who thinks she‚Äôs a pig) and the pug (who thinks Daisy is his mom). Daisy has traveled far and wide (even to Capitol Hill!) to spread enthusiasm for reading among children everywhere. She has dozens and dozens of library cards, more than any human she knows. Daisy‚Äôs favorite volumes all involve a porcine hero or heroine, and Farmer Minor read the true story of‚ÄÇLittle Flower, a pig who saved his owner‚Äôs life, to everyone at the assembly. OK, Daisy might have dozed a bit during the reading, but after all, she‚Äôs heard the story many times before.
Chants of ‚ÄúKiss the Pig!‚Äù were heard throughout the RCS halls before Daisy‚Äôs appearance, but most students lined up to give Daisy a peck or a pet after they met her. ‚ÄúThis was a wonderful motivation to help kids focus on the joy of books and to turn off the TV a little more often,‚Äù said RCS Librarian Maria Johnson.