A performer from Powell encourages reading without moving his lips. He's a ventriloquist with an educational message.
Weird and Wacky Day at Walland Elementary included funny costumes and fun stuff you can learn from books.
On stage, Asa Diamond used humor, magic, and characters like Charlie the dog to spread the joy of reading during his educational assembly programs called Go Fetch A Book.
The gym was no library and the kids were not quiet.
They laughed and they learned.
"If they would just learn to love to read then they're going to start picking up so many other things to read and it's just going to go across the board. It's going to help in math, reading, language arts, social studies, science. If they love to read they're going to love to learn," Third Grade Teacher Chantel Flynn said.
Students like 4th grader Mazi McClure already enjoy reading.
"I like the stories and how I can get connected and sometimes I can actually, I have dreams about it like I'm really doing it," she said.
Asa Diamond summed up the point of the performance. "If we've gotten one kid in the library getting a book or two then we've done well."
Even kids who've made a trip or two to the library were inspired to go back for more.
"It made me want to read funny books. Because it was funny and it was about reading so it made me want to read very funny books," McClure said.