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Wild About Reading is one the largest educational initiatives in all of Minor League Baseball. In 2018, the program celebrated the 1 Million Students milestone since its inception in 2004.

Wild About Reading utilizes baseball to promote reading in the classroom. Each student at participating schools that reads 10 books in five weeks earns two free tickets to a 2019 Grizzlies game at Chukchansi Park. Each participating school hosts a kickoff assembly featuring Parker, the Grizzlies mascot.

From January to April each year, Parker and the Grizzlies staff will reach out to more than 100,000 students in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, and Merced counties and challenge the students to read over 1 million books.

In December of 2008, Wild About Reading was honored with the Fresno Compact Business Partner Award. With the strong nexus between quality education and school business partnerships in mind, the Fresno Compact annually acknowledges ten businesses that have contributed not only financial resources, but also staff to support schools in Fresno County.

Simple: The Grizzlies provide a fun, free assembly and Grizzlies baseball tickets as an incentive to read. The program is designed to reinforce the importance and excitement of reading. Wild About Reading has become an activity the students look forward to every year.

Contact Troy Simeon, Entertainment & Mascot Coordinator, at (559) 320-2527. He will be more than happy to set up a time that works for your school.

  1. ONLY School Principals may register for a school's assembly. Sorry, parents cannot schedule an assembly for your child's school.
  2. In order for our program to reach as many students as possible, we require each school to have a minimum of 100 students to host an assembly. If your school has fewer than 100 students, you may partner with other schools in your area and have one large assembly.
  3. Due to the overwhelming success of the program, dates fill up quickly. To get a specific date, book early!

Contact us today and get signed up, it's FREE!

These are the schools that have participated in Wild About Reading in the past:

A.E. Mills (Firebaugh)
Addams Elementary (Fresno)
Aileen Coulburn (Atwater)
Akers Elementary (Lemoore)
Alan Peterson Elementary (Merced)
Armona Elementary (Armona)
Ayer Elementary (Fresno)
Aynesworth Elementary (Fresno)
Berenda Elementary (Madera)
Birney Elementary (Fresno)
Bud Rank Elementary (Clovis)
Burrel Union Elementary (Riverdale)
Cedarwood Elementary (Clovis)
Centennial Elementary (Fresno)
Central Elementary (Lemoore)
Century Elementary (Clovis)
Charleston Elementary (Los Banos)
Cinnamon Elementary (Lemoore)
Coalinga Elementary (Coalinga)
Cole Elementary (Clovis)
Columbia Elementary (Fresno)
Del Mar Elementary (Fresno)
Dixieland Elementary (Madera)
Dos Palos Elementary (Dos Palos)
Dry Creek Elementary (Clovis)
Eastin-Arcola School (Atwater)
Eaton Elementary (Fresno)
Elmer Wood Elementary (Atwater)
Ewing Elementary (Fresno)
Fancher Creek (Fresno)
Figarden Elementary (Fresno)
Fipps Primary School (Atwater)
Firebaugh Middle School (Firebaugh)
Forkner Elementary (Fresno)
Franklin Elementary (Merced)
Freedom Elementary (Clovis)
Fremont Elementary (Fresno)
Fremont Elementary (Fowler)
Garfield Elementary (Clovis)
George Washington Elementary (Hanford)
Gibson Elementary (Fresno)
Golden Valley Elementary (Orosi)
Goldenrod Elementary (Kerman)
Grandview Elementary (Dinuba)
Greenberg Elementary (Fresno)
Hamilton Elementary (Fresno)
Hamilton Elementary (Hanford)
Harvest Elementary (Fresno)
Hazel Bailey Elementary (Firebaugh)
Heaton Elementary (Fresno)
Hidalgo Elementary (Fresno)
Holland Elementary (Fresno)
Homan Elementary (Fresno)
Island Union Elementary (Lemoore)
Jackson Elementary (Fresno)
Jackson Elementary (Selma)
James Monroe Elementary (Madera)
Jefferson Elementary (Clovis)
Jefferson Elementary (Dinuba)
Jefferson Elementary (Hanford)
John Adams Elementary (Madera)
John C. Martinez Elementary (Parlier)
John F. Kennedy Academy (Dinuba)
John Muir Elementary (Fresno)
Kepler Neighborhood School (Fresno)
Kerman-Floyd (Kerman)
King Elementary (Fresno)
Kirk Elementary (Fresno)
Kitt Carson School (Hanford)
Kratt Elementary (Fresno)
Laton Elementary (Laton)
Lawless (Fresno)
Leavenworth Elementary (Fresno)
Lee Richmond Elementary (Hanford)
Lemoore Elementary (Lemoore)
Liberty Elementary (Kerman)
Liddell Elementary (Fresno)
Lincoln Elementary (Clovis)
Lincoln Elementary (Dinuba)
Lincoln Elementary (Madera)
Lincoln Elementary (Reedley)
Lincoln Elementary (Sanger)
Lowell Elementary (Fresno)
Madison Elementary (Fresno)
Madison Elementary (Sanger)
Marks Elementary (Dos Palos)
Marshall Elementary (Fowler)
Martin Luther King Elementary (Hanford)
Mayfair Elementary (Fresno)
McCabe Elementary (Mendota)
McCardle Elementary (Fresno)
Meadow Lane (Lemoore)
Mercy Springs Elementary (Los Banos)
MIQ School (Lemoore)
Miramonte Elementary (Clovis)
Monroe Elementary (Hanford)
Nelson Elementary (Fresno)
Nishimoto Elementary (Madera)
Olmos Elementary (Fresno)
Oraze Elementary (Fresno)
Our Lady Mercy School (Merced)
Palm Elementary (Orosi)
Parkwood Elementary (Madera)
Pershing Elementary (Madera)
Phoenix Elementary (Fresno)
Pinedale Elementary (Fresno)
Pioneer Elementary (Hanford)
Powers-Ginsburg Elementary (Fresno)
Pyle Elementary (Fresno)
Ramacher Elementary (Fresno)
Reagan Elementary (Clovis)
Reagan Elementary (Sanger)
Red Bank Elementary (Clovis)
Riverdale Elementary (Riverdale)
RJ Neutra Elementary (Lemoore)
Roeding Elementary (Fresno)
Ronald Reagan Elementary (Chowchilla)
Roosevelt Elementary (Hanford)
Rosa Parks Learning Center (Hanford)
S. Ben Benavidez Elementary (Parlier)
Sanger Academy (Sanger)
Saroyan Elementary (Fresno)
Selma-Herndon Elementary (Livingston)
Sequoia Elementary (Fresno)
Shaffer Elementary (Atwater)
Sierra View (Madera)
Sierra Vista (Clovis)
Silas Bartsch School (Reedley)
Simas Elementary (Hanford)
Slater Elementary (Fresno)
St. Helens School (Fresno)
St. Paul Lutheran School (Merced)
Steinbeck Elementary (Fresno)
Stephens School (Chowchilla)
Storey Elementary (Fresno)
Sun Empire Elementary (Kerman)
Susan B. Anthony Elementary (Fresno)
Tarpey Elementary (Clovis)
Teague Elementary (Fresno)
Temperance Kutner Elementary (Fresno)
Thomas Elementary (Fresno)
Thomas Olaeta Elementary (Atwater)
Tilley Elementary (Fresno)
Turner Elementary (Fresno)
Valley Oak Elementary (Fresno)
Vang Pao Elementary (Fresno)
Vinland Elementary (Fresno)
W.E.B. Dubois Charter Academy (Fresno)
Webster Elementary (Madera)
West Fresno Elementary (Fresno)
West Park Elementary (Fresno)
West Side Elementary (Fresno)
Weldon Elementary (Clovis)
Wilson School (Fresno)
WIlson School (Selma)
Yokomi Elementary (Fresno)