FRESNO, Calif. – Students across the Central Valley will be reading more books as part of the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund’s Wild About Reading program, which challenges children of preschool through 6th grades to read 10 books in five weeks.
The 10th running of the program was launched Tuesday morning at Rowell Elementary School in Fresno. Grizzlies mascot Parker, Educational Employees Credit Union mascot Eddie the Owl, and Grizzlies staff members visited the school to put on assemblies stressing the importance of healthy diets and educating the students about agriculture and where produce comes from. Parker and Eddie took children with them on an imaginary “field trip” to a local farm, dairy and orchard, and copies of “Farm Grown Magazine,” full of games and puzzles, were handed out.
Students that complete Wild About Reading will receive two free tickets to a Fresno Grizzlies game in the 2013 season, and will be able to win prizes like Kindle Fires and a play date with Parker. The school with the highest participation rate will receive two laptops.
“This just gives us an opportunity to do something fun to promote literacy at our site, and help us prepare career-ready graduates at our school,” said Annarita Howell, principal of Rowell Elementary School.
Fresno Grizzlies representative Chris Kutz said the goal of this year’s program is to involve 100,000 students, a number that was nearly reached last year. 200 assemblies are planned for Central Valley schools, and students from 250 schools will participate. Signups will be accepted through March.
“We try to involve different things,” Kutz said. “It’s always fun because we want them out there experiencing the game, and having a good time at Chukchansi Park for their reward of reading 10 books.”
For more information on the Fresno Grizzlies’ Wild About Reading program, visit www.fresnogrizzlies.com and click “Community Fund.”