Published: May 20, 2013 1:27 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2013 1:44 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Getting to slime your principal sounds like every kid's dream. Teachers at San Carlos Elementary School in Fort Myers made a deal with their students to read for one million minutes at home by the end of the year, and in exchange, they could slime their principal and vice principal.

Students were asked to keep track of how many minutes read for on their free time from January to May 20th. With just a few days left in the school year, they completed their goal three weeks early. The 900 students grades K through 5 also surpassed their one million mark by reading for a total of 1,028,911 minutes collectively.

The idea behind the challenge was to get students interested in reading independently. San Carlos Park Elementary's reading coach Kathryn Reid says it's part of helping them adapt to new state standards to the common core.

"We needed to come up with an idea to really motivate them, and for them, it was sliming the principal," said Reid.

A whole lot of slime for a little reading time made for a great motivator, and now that students have started, their principal says they won't stop reading.

"They're still reading," says Principal Aida Saldivar. "They want to surpass [their goal]."