Sandersville Elementary School students and faculty held a celebration October 17 after winning the Lexington Legends/Chick-fil-A Hit the Books Reading Program contest for the second consecutive year. Students and faculty were rewarded with a free chicken nugget party, with the Legends' Big L and the Chick-fil-A cow serving as hosts.
In Hit the Books, a baseball diamond is used to record credit for a student's reading. For every book a student reads, a teacher places his or her initials on a base. When the student has all three bases and home plate initialed by the teacher, the student may bring a Hit the Books bookmark to the box office at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to exchange it for two tickets to a Legends home game.
Big L, assisted by Legends director of community relations and special events Sarah Bosso, served as a guest reader during the celebration. The guest reader program is a new feature that will be part of the 2014 Hit the Books contest. Schools may invite Big L to be a guest reader by contacting Bosso at (859) 422-7855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Congratulations to everyone at Sandersville Elementary," said Bosso. "The Hit the Books program is designed to generate a greater enjoyment of reading, and the participation and effort by the students and faculty at Sandersville showed just what can be accomplished."
The Legends have been associated with Hit the Books since the team began operations in 2001. About 145,000 central Kentucky students have participated in the program in its 13-year history. In 2013, 22,000 students from 52 schools in 13 counties took part.