DUNEDIN,FL- Fourteen Pinellas County elementary schools will participate in the Dunedin Blue Jays 2017 'Bookin' It To The Ballpark' Reading Program sponsored by TD Bank. Recognizing literacy as a key skill necessary for academic achievement, the Blue Jays have encouraged and rewarded local students for reading with their annual reading program since 2011. Utilizing a fun baseball-themed format, students will be able to advance from base to base on a baseball diamond bookmark provided by the Blue Jays by reading 20 minutes at home to score runs for their class. Four nights of reading equals one run for a student's class. The class with the most runs in each school at the end of the six-week program will be rewarded with a pizza party provided by Jet's Pizza.
Participating students will have their individual reading achievements celebrated with free tickets to the Dunedin Blue Jays Home Opener on April 8th and/or their June 10th Superhero Night game. Students who score two runs for their class will receive a voucher good for four (4) tickets to either selected Blue Jays game. Blue Jays players and mascot DJay will also visit participating schools to meet and motivate students.
The last time the Blue Jays had ten or more schools participate in the reading program was 2015. That year, 1,124 local students read for nearly 144,000 minutes (2,400 hours), totals the Blue Jays hope are even greater this year.
The 2017 Bookin' It To The Ballpark Reading Program will run for six weeks from March 27th through May 5th. While the majority of participating students are second graders, elementary school students of all ages are welcome to participate. Teachers interested in entering their class in the reading program can contact Blue Jays representative Daniel Venn at Daniel.Venn@BlueJays.com.
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