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2021 Program Description

The Mississippi Braves and Whataburger are pleased to announce the Braves Bookworms Reading Program's return in 2021. The program is designed to encourage and enhance literacy among central Mississippi youth through partnerships with local schools. The program is entirely free for students and educators.

Braves Bookworms strives to make reading fun by bringing the exciting experience from Trustmark Park into the classroom. All students from Pre-K through 8th grade are invited to participate. Braves Bookworms incentivizes students to read outside the classroom by rewarding them for reaching specific goals set by their teachers. The program is designed to run for four weeks.

Schools participating will have the opportunity to have Mississippi Braves mascots and staff present a Braves Bookworm Kickoff Pep Rally virtually. From January to March 2020, the M-Braves visited over 30 schools. The pep rally encourages participation and communicates the importance of reading.

Students participating in the program will receive an M-Braves bookmark. Once the students' objectives are complete from your teacher, the bookmark becomes a ticket voucher that can be exchanged for an actual ticket at the Trustmark Park for a 2021 Mississippi Braves home game! They must reach goals set by educators while they "Read Around the Bases," creating a customizable incentive-based program to encourage children to read. Specific Reading Program dates will be set to recognize students for completing the program with recognition at an M-Braves game.

To register your school for the program, download and fill out this FORM and send it to Darius Green at [email protected], or by mail (1 Braves Way, Pearl, MS 39208), fax (601-936-3567). Once we receive your enrollment form, a member of the M-Braves front office will contact you regarding program materials. Contact the Braves with any questions you might have at 601-932-8788.