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Augusta GreenJackets getting involved in community through reading program
03/19/2013 2:28 PM ET

            AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets are bringing baseball to the classroom with the GreenJackets Reading Program. The program is designed to give students fun incentives, while accomplishing reading goals at their school.

Students are given a reading goal, which is set by the teacher during the four week program. At the end of each week, all the students who achieved their goal will be rewarded with prizes. The final prize for completing all four weeks of the reading program is a free ticket to a GreenJackets baseball game. At the game, students will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.

"This is the fifth year that we've implemented the GreenJackets Reading Program and every year it continues to improve and grow," Augusta GreenJackets General Manager Bob Flannery said. "We already have a record-high number of students participating in this year's reading program, and we are looking forward to getting more schools and students involved."

The reading program has been a huge success so far this year. The GreenJackets have seen a significant increase in students involved from last year. Currently there are 58 schools participating.

Although the GreenJackets Reading Program has already started, schools are still welcome to sign up. However, the entire school does not have to participate. The program can be done by just a grade level at the school or even an individual classroom. The GreenJackets will continue their involvement in the classroom when they unveil their Anti-Bully Program and Most Improved Student Program this spring.

For more information on the GreenJackets Reading Program, call (706) 736-7889 or email Bill Levy at blevy@greenjacketsbaseball.com. Season tickets for the 2013 season are currently on sale, while individual tickets will go on sale in March 25. For more information on GreenJackets tickets call (706) 922-WINS.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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