Reading a Million Words Worth a Picture (and a Celebration)

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May 14, 2017

Being a millionaire doesn't always mean dollars. Sometimes, it means words.

Students at the Britt David Magnet Academy in Columbus, Ga., got the royal treatment recently at the school's annual Millionaire Bash. Honorees were students who had qualified by reading 1 million words during the school year.

The reading millionaires arrived in style, after a 15-minute ride in a limousine, and walked down a red carpet into the school celebration. Each "millionaire" had his or her name announced over a loudspeaker, received a medal, and signed autographs. Standing outside taking pictures (and holding out photos and other memorabilia for those autographs) were their families. They finished it all off with a pizza party in their honor.

One particular photo, of 6-year-old Breyden Suragh (left), proved very popular on the Internet, after his uncle included a photo of Breyden in a proud post on Twitter and the tweet was liked and retweeted thousands of times. 

Breyden's outfit, complete with matching bowtie and suspenders, proved as notable as his reading accomplishment, in terms of comments from other people. He also said that his new goal, for next year, was to join the 2-million-word club.

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