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May 20, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Associated Press (AP)

Bookworm Goes Swimming at Local School

A northwest Missouri school principal with a knack for getting children to read has done it again, this time with a stunt involving an earthworm.

Susan Martin promised her kindergarten through fourth-grade students at St. Gregory's School a reward for each 10,000 minutes they spent reading on their own time this year. The children ran up 168,000 minutes.

On Friday Martin held up her end of the deal. The principal rinsed an earthworm in a glass of water, then held the creepy crawler in her mouth for 17 seconds, one second for each 10,000 minutes the children had spent reading.