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Asheville principal reads at recess for National Young Readers Week

New City Christian School principal Matthew Fuller is ready to read -- even at recess. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A mountain principal is using books to help students celebrate a very special week. New City Christian School principal Matthew Fuller is ready to read -- even at recess.

"Deep in the water where the fish hang out, lives a glum gloomy swimmer with an ever-present pout ..."

Fuller is participating in the Principal Challenge, which is a part of the Book It program and National Young Readers Week.

Fuller, who dressed as the character from "Where's Waldo" popped up around the school, sharing his love of reading. And it seems to be catching on.

"I like to read because it helps you be a better person," fourth-grader Tremaine said. "And, if you have a younger sibling, you could teach them how to read so they can be smarter and have a good college and do whatever they want to be when they grow up."

Fuller encouraged the older students to challenge themselves when it comes to reading. He also told them they can learn important lessons from stories and books.

"When I read, my mommy, she sometimes helps me on the tricky words, and some of the tricky words sound funny," first-grader Tomani said.

National Young Readers Week is an annual event co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress.

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