Gist Schedules Skydiving Stunt to Promote Reading

Sep 27, 2013

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to jump out of a plane on Saturday alongside a charter school teacher who answered her call to get students to read more books this summer.

The stunt is part of challenge Gist issued at the end of the last school year. She promised to go skydiving with any teacher whose students finished all of their summer reading goals.

It appears just one teacher took Gist up on the offer. Drew Madden, a math and data coordinator at the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, will join Gist on Saturday in Middletown, where the two will board a plane and jump out of it together.