A guest column by Lisa Fabian
Taking the pledge can lead kids to read
Bob Lanier, captain of the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Reading team, will visit Fort Wayne Nov. 8 to celebrate National Young Readers Day. The NBA Hall of Fame member and former Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks star leads the NBA’s “Read to Achieve” program. Reaching an estimated 50 million children a year, “Read to Achieve” is the most extensive educational outreach initiative ever in professional sports.
Starting last Saturday, Allen County Education Partnership, ACEP, launched two great Read-A-Thon contests for eager young readers countywide.
The first contest is conducted through elementary schools in the East Allen, Northwest Allen and Southwest Allen County school districts, as well as grade schools in the parochial school systems.
To be eligible, students will need to raise a minimum of $20 in reading pledges. Once that goal has been met, the focus will turn to the number of pages read. The more pages students read in their favorite books, magazines and newspapers, the greater the prizes they can earn for themselves, their classrooms and their schools!
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
♦Five top readers will earn a $100 Book-Buying Bonanza through Scholastic Inc., with the top reader receiving an invitation to meet NBA legend Bob Lanier Nov. 8.
♦Classrooms with 20 or more participating students will earn 50 new books.
♦Five top schools will receive a $200 book donation to their school library.
♦The highest-scoring school will win a Reading Rally hosted by Lanier.
The second contest is being conducted through three local bookstores: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Borders Books, Music & Café and Mitchell Books.
The top fundraiser at each store will win a $100 Book-Buying Bonanza, with the leading fundraiser receiving an invitation to meet Lanier on Nov. 8.
Both Read-A-Thon contests will conclude Nov. 2. Read-A-Thon proceeds will benefit early literacy programs for school-age children sponsored by ACEP: Parent Literacy Enrichment workshops, the Project READS tutorial program and Tools for Teachers. ACEP is dedicated to improving academic achievement for youth through business, community and education partnerships. Questions regarding the Read-A-Thon should be directed to ACEP at 423-6447.
This October, Allen County residents can become passionate partners in academic achievement by becoming or sponsoring a Read-A-Thon reader!
I am really excited about this! I know the school I work at will be involved in this, and I'm betting the kids will participate at a high level. I just got done reading about Bob Lanier at http://www.nba.com/history/players/lanier_bio.html. When he was 11, his grade school coach told him he would never be a good athlete because his feet (size 11 already)were too big!
Pop: I haven't talked to Tim in about 6 or 7 years. If I did, he wouldn't listen to me anyway. It says that he's mean and rude!”
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