HURRICANES LAUNCH EXPANDED “PICK UP A BOOK AND READ” PROGRAM
Program grows from one grade-level and 32 schools, to three grade-levels and 50 schoolsRALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2004) â€“ The Carolina Hurricanesâ€™ Kids â€˜N Community Foundation today announced the launch of the 2004-05 â€œPick Up a Book and Readâ€? program. As in years past, Hurricanes center Kevyn Adams will serve as the programâ€™s spokesperson.
â€œIâ€™m very excited about the â€˜Pick Up a Book and Readâ€™ program,â€? said Adams. â€œLearning to read is something thatâ€™s important for everyone, and itâ€™s something that I believe in as well. Any time you can be involved with kids and make an impact in their lives, itâ€™s exciting.â€?
â€œPick Up a Book and Readâ€? was originally introduced in February 2001 as a partnership with Wake County Public Schools. Since its inception, the incentive-based reading programâ€™s success has grown. For 2004-05, the program has been expanded and will now include third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at 50 schools, a jump from last year when 32 schoolsâ€™ fourth-graders participated.
The program is designed to challenge studentsâ€™ reading abilities, help to develop their reading skills and inspire children to read during their free time. Students are asked to record the number of pages they read on a daily basis and following a six-week period, the program concludes with incentive prizes for students that have shown dedication and hard work. All students are rewarded for successfully completing the program.
A page on the Hurricanes official website dedicated to the program will also be launched today, as a convenience to teachers in registering their classes. The website will also serve as the primary method for teachers to submit the programâ€™s results.
For more information regarding the â€œPick Up a Book and Readâ€? program, please contact Hurricanes Community Programs/Motivational Consultant Doris E. Barksdale at 919-861-5431, or Hurricanes Community Relations Assistant Anne Clinard at 919-861-5494.