The chief of Rhode Island's elementary and secondary schools is preparing to plunge from an airplane to highlight the importance of reading.
Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to go skydiving on Saturday afternoon as part of the "Dive into a Book!" summer reading challenge. Drew Madden, a math and data coordinator at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, is accompanying her.
Gist in May challenged students to complete all of their summer reading goals and earn the chance for their principal or an educator at their school to join her on a jump.
The dive is scheduled to take place at Skydive Newport in Middletown.
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