-- Students at a local elementary school opened their books to try to break a world record Wednesday.
The students at Johnson Elementary School joined other schools, libraries and organizations across the country to go for the record. They all read the same passage in the book "Charlotte's Web" at the same time.
WECT anchor Jim Hanchett was there to help the cause, along with Mayor Bill Saffo.
One nine-year-old explained why reading is so important to him.
"Because I want to go to 4th grade, and I want to go to college to get my PhD. And my mom says I need to get my PhD to become an oral surgeon, and I want to become an oral surgeon," says Landon Taylor.
There's no word yet whether the reading record was broken.