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Posted on: January 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Mayor’s Million Minute Marathon – Reading Challenge

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It’s that time of year again for thousands of local students to take part in the Mayor’s Million Minute Marathon! 

Each year in February, Lookout Credit Union partners up with City of Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, PCSD #25, and the Marshall Public Library, to bring the “Mayor’s Million Minute Marathon” Reading Challenge!

This reading program challenges all K-5 public schools, charter/private schools, and home-schooled students in Pocatello, Chubbuck, and Fort Hall, to read a combined total of a million minutes in the month of February. 

“We are so excited to partner with Lookout Credit Union for this amazing event,” said Blad. “Each year I look forward to this time with so many students learning to love to read.”

7,500 reading sheets, for students to log their time, have been delivered to every elementary school in the region. Starting February 1, students may begin recording their reading progress through February 28. Teachers may also choose to read and track the sheets in their classrooms. The sheets will then be collected at the end of February and tallied in early March. 

“Over the past few years, this program has shattered the million-minute record, and continues to exceed expectations!” said BJ Fillingame, Vice President of Marketing, at Lookout Credit Union. 

Schools can win in three categories:

Most Minutes read by school $500

Highest Participation read by school $250

Highest Avg. Min read by student per school $250

The winning schools will get money and a visit with Mayor Brian Blad. Whether you come from a school of thousands, or a small charter, each school has a chance to win money for their libraries. Grab your books, track your sheets, and let’s break some reading records for 2023! 

For additional information please contact Marlise Irby at 208-345-6281 or BJ Fillingame with LOOKOUT Credit Union at 208-235-7136 or

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