Baysox Reading Program
Prior to the start of the Bowie Baysox 1996 season, the team established the Read & Hit A Home Run Reading Program to help encourage literacy and an excitement for reading in local elementary and middle school students.
What started with an idea and twenty local Prince George's County schools in 1996, has branched out to include schools in 10 counties across the state of Maryland and Washington, DC. The Read & Hit A Home Run Reading Program now reaches over 250 schools and impacts over 70,000 students. The program also works closely with many Home Schools throughout the region.
In early September, right after the new school year has started, Reading Specialists in area elementary and middle schools will receive a registration packet. Following the registration, each school will have the opportunity to have their students participate in a poster design contest. The Baysox breakdown the poster contest into three regions: Southern Maryland (including Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties) and Washington, DC area schools; Prince George's County/Montgomery County/Baltimore County; and Anne Arundel County/Howard County/Queen Anne's County schools. Poster designs are submitted to the Baysox by the beginning of November and one winner per county is selected. The Baysox will bring the winner's school an assembly featuring the unveiling of the winner's poster and a special appearance by Louie, the Baysox lovable mascot!
Reading Program posters are sent to registered schools right after the beginning of the new year for teachers to keep track of their student's reading progress for the program. Students have to read four (4) books during the program to receive a FREE Ticket to your counties' Reading Night at a Bowie Baysox home game. All students attending their county reading night at the Baysox game will be invited to participate in a pre-game event on the field before the game to recognize their individual and school's accomplishments!
How do you get started? If you are, or know your school's Reading Specialist, or if you are a home school, please e-mail Matt Wilson, Communications & Community Programs Manager or call 301.464.4851 to request a registration packet and more information about this great program.