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05/21/09

Librarian transformed into human popcorn ball

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A "sweet" end to the school year today at one Jackson elementary school. Children at John Hopkins were challenged to read as many books in the library that they could get their hands on. And if the count was high enough, the librarian promised a rare "treat."

"I'm here because I want to make good on a promise at the beginning of the school year," laughed Melissa Strauss. The promise: she would become a human popcorn ball. Before she got into the plastic pool filled popcorn, the principal poured sticky syrup all over Strauss.  Then it was time to jump in and roll around.

Why is this happening? This librarian challenged her students to read 10 million words from library books. "They read 10.5 million."

The pure joy of this mess thrilled the students.  "I love the way she dived into the pool." "A little like something I want to do to somebody." " I think it was funny." " I love it."

The human popcorn ball summed up the school year and her experience with one word, "sweet."

This isn't the first time students have met the challenge. Last year they read 10 million words and got to paint Strauss red -- the color of the school mascot.

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