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Principal Reads Books Online in Her PJs So Her Students Can Always Have a Bedtime Story

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While some teachers and educators might be happy to finish with their work at 4PM, this elementary school principal is still connecting with her students even after she goes home for the day.

42-year-old Belinda George is the principal of Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, Texas. She is also the star of "Tucked-In Tuesdays", a tradition that she started as a means of ensuring that her students can have a bedtime story and feel encouraged to read more books.

Every Tuesday evening, George cozies up in her pajamas, grabs a children's book, and reads aloud to her students from her home using Facebook Live.

As she reads, George prompts her viewers to think about the book and make inferences as they progress through the story. Additionally, students from her own school can earn advanced reader points as rewards for listening in.

Though she originally started the weekly video segment in order to connect with her own students, she has quickly gained followers from youngsters across the country.

George says that 94% of her students come from disadvantaged homes, and they have had trouble keeping up their literacy scores in years past.

Since George took over as principal of the school last year, however, Homer Drive has already seen improvements in literacy and reading comprehension scores – and it may be partially thanks to her Tucked-In Tuesdays.

Though she does not have any biological children of her own, George told The Washington Post: "The bottom line is I love, love kids. I know if I don't reach them outside of school, I [may] never reach them in school."

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