Brian Dotson, Foster Elementary School principal, climbed aboard a Ludington Area School District school bus last week to celebrate National Young Readers Week.

The program is sponsored though the Book It program, which supports reading to younger students.

One of the days during the National Young Readers Week is a principals’ challenge, when the principal reads all day long.

Dotson said the way he does the challenge is to invite students to participate and read with him.

In past years, Dotson has done a camping theme inside the building, going from classroom to classroom to talk with students about the importance of reading, what books he likes and how he really got into reading when he was a student. He’s also done a read-in on the school’s stage.

“This year, we were going to do a camping theme outside the school on the playground, until I saw the forecast,” he said.

Following a quick change of plans, Dotson was able to secure the use of a school bus for the day, and invited students to board the bus and either choose to have him read a book aloud to them, or they could read silently for about 20 minutes.

“It has been kinda cool,” Dotson said. “The kids have been reading with me on the bus; so far everyone up to this point has wanted me to read to them.”