by Lisa Tome
Calvert Elementary's month long reading incentive program is a hit.
That's just what the sponsoring baseball team intended.
The school is midway through the 30 day Rocky's Reading Challenge. During the month students in grades Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade, will have 10 books read to them by an adult. Children in grade two through five will read on their own. Those who complete the challenge and the required reading log will receive two free tickets to a Blue Rocks game.
Calvert media specialist Connie Seibert said students are excited. "In the first week, 20 students turned the logs in," said Seibert.
Rocky Bluewinkle, the mascot for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, kicked off the challenge at Calvert before it began February 13. Now, students will read as much as they can until March 13.
"This is to get kids to read or be read to. It can be any kind of reading. I just want them to read. E books count - anything parents deem as acceptable is fine. My goal is to get them to read," said Seibert.
She also told students about different resources for finding books - classroom libraries, the public library, the school library, and more.
Rocky's Reading Challenge coincides with Read Across America week. Read Across America is also a celebration of Dr. Seuss.