Three times a year the Collins-Maxwell Elementary has RIF day. RIF stands for Reading is Fundamental. Every RIF Day, volunteers read to the elementary classes. Afterward, the students get to choose a book to keep and take home. A theme is chosen for each RIF Day and staff and students dress accordingly. On April 27, Collins-Maxwell Elementary was decorated for its Superhero RIF day! The students came dressed as the traditional heroes as well as firefighters, nurses, policeman, teachers, veterinarian, scientist, farmers and doctors.

Readers included Collins and Maxwell EMTs and firefighters, a Story County Deputy, a Des Moines firefighter, a DOT officer, the school nurse and a special visit from Batman.

Elementary children all received a personal visit from Batman, as well as real-life heroes that read to each classroom. Guest readers read books about police officers, firefighters, teachers and other everyday heroes. Afterward, the guest heroes took the students outside to view fire trucks, police cars, safety equipment, the inside of an ambulance and even the Batmobile, complete with sirens and lights! The volunteers all answered questions from the students and had many pictures taken with them.

The students of Collins-Maxwell were very excited to see all the emergency vehicles and ask questions to the local heroes of our communities. After our visits outside, students came into our own “Superhero City” to receive their free book. Teachers give their input of what students are interested in at the time and all books are picked out accordingly to grade level. Our Partners In Education (PIE) committee writes grants each year to help pay for books for all 220 students who received their book on this very special RIF Day!