She is the librarian for Van Buren Elementary, Forest Park Elementary and Jackson Township Elementary.
"Each year, books are chosen by parents, teachers, librarians and students and after the nomination, librarians vote on the 40 titles for the primary and intermediate students," Stout said. "Each fall when the students come back, I make sure all 40 books are in each of the three libraries as well as the quizzes for each of the titles."
"The kids work all year to be able to come to the party and to change my hair color," she said.
The reading and quiz questions help students prepare for the comprehension portion of the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam).
"If the students are constantly being exposed to those types of questions and learning what to look for in the reading, then the program is working," Stout said.
One student excelled above the required number of books and read all 40 books and took the quizzes.
Kennedy Johnston, 9, third-grader at Van Buren Elementary (VBE) is the top reader of all three of the participating schools. Kennedy is the daughter of Jeff and Kristin Johnston, Carbon.
"My favorite book is Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman," she said. "It's really cool that I could read all the books and I think I'm going to try again next year."
Stout was very appreciative to all the teachers, but was most astonished by the majority of Derik Tipton's third-grade class participating in the YHR. At Forest Park Elementary Jean Harris's fourth-grade class had total participation and at Jackson Township Elementary Marilyn Adamson's second-grade class and Larissa Goshen's third-grade class had 100 percent participation.
"I am very proud of all the students, they have done a great job," Stout said. "I couldn't do it without the teacher's and the principals for allowing the hair color."
The YHRP pizza party at Jackson Township Elementary will be May 14 and the Forest Park Elementary party will be May 20.