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Reading and Baseball

Found in: reading; motivating students

Our middle school participates in the Kane County Cougars' Ozzie's Club, which is a reading incentive program sponsored by the Class A, minor league baseball team Kane County (Illinois) Cougars that rewards our students with a day at a baseball game. The kids read (S.S.R. or out loud to a younger sib or friend) for 1,200 minutes over an 8-week period. Parents verify their reading times, and turn in their verification slips periodically for checking. We send the form to the Cougars, and they send us tickets to a game.

The Cougars also reward the kids with a T-shirt, hot dog, chips, and pop, as well as a goodie bag filled with a few school supplies. It's a no-lose and fun way to get kids to read. During the program we also sponsor a read-in to kick off the program. At the after-school read-in, which we hold in our library media center, kids can do S.S.R., participate in book talks, do computer reading programs, and play other games. We take a break for snacks, and also have door prizes.


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