Wrightsville Elementary School second-graders Aydden Wertz, left, and Dakota Klinedinst eat lunch during  Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day  at the school
Wrightsville Elementary School second-graders Aydden Wertz, left, and Dakota Klinedinst eat lunch during Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day at the school Monday. The event coincided with a visit from York Revolution mascot Downtown and team dog Boomer to kick off this year s Boomer s Book Club reading program. (Bill Kalina photo)

Take a look at the Wrightsville Elementary roof April 18 and, if all goes the York Revolution's way, every night thereafter for a few weeks or so.

Wrightsville principal Don Gillett is planning to spend the night camping out on the roof as part of a program to encourage children to read.

The "Boomer's Book Club," which kicked off Monday, is an annual tradition for the Revolution that now involves about 50 schools and 20,000 students a year.

Gillett has been one of the program's biggest supporters - he's also an avid baseball fan - and so he took on the challenge this year from third-graders Maya Gohn, Eva Cox and Victoria Zerbe. The students want him to go up there as long as the school reads 2,000 books, and then stay up there until the Revolution lose a game.

Third-grader Rylee McNutt, left, talks with classmate Evelyn Whiteside at lunchtime during  Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day  at the school Monday.
Third-grader Rylee McNutt, left, talks with classmate Evelyn Whiteside at lunchtime during Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day at the school Monday. (Bill Kalina photo)

"I hope they win 25 games," Gillett said.

Gillett quickly pointed out he is no stranger to crazy stunts, as he and his staff are up for anything that gets students excited about education, such as dressing in silly costumes.

"It's the norm around here," he said.For the book club, he said, this is a way to encourage students to read while also giving them a fun incentive.

Any student at a participating school can be eligible to win a ticket to a Revs games for reading one book. Reading two books means getting a free Kids Meal, and three books will get a student York Revolution "CheerStix" to slap together during games. Students who read four books get a "Boomer's Book Club" drawstring bag.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com