Force is strong with children at Star Wars Reads Day

(Merrilee Moore, NewsChannel 12 photo)

RICHLANDS, Onslow County - You don't usually think about running into Darth Vader or Princess Leia when you go to school.

All bets were off Tuesday at Richlands Primary School during National Star Wars Reads Day. Whoever said Star Wars wasn't educational?

"Seeing all the kids smiling and getting all happy because that used to be me," said Mico Quijano, an 11th grader at Richlands High School. "I used to be one of those kids and I used to get all excited."

There were certainly a lot of excited faces at the school as children, teachers and even some parents dressed up for teh occasion. Students from Richlands High School sacrificed their lunch hour to read Star Wars books to the classrooms ... in costume, of course.

"Yes this is my lunch time," said Quijano, one of several high school students who comes every Tuesday to read to the children. "And so I usually ... it's different every day but right now I'd probably be in one of my clubs doing a meeting but I just wanna read for the children."

Quijano dressed up as Chewbacca.

"I wasn't really big into the Star Wars costume but when they told me I was gonna read to children I just automatically, I was like 'yes'," Quijano said. "I really want to do this because they're so enthusiastic and just love seeing them get all excited for reading."

Days like this teach the students that reading is fun. It also teaches adults it's OK to let the inner kid out her and there.

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