Read with Rascal and enjoy a baseball game!
The River Bandits Book Buddies is a four-week, three-prize reading program that promotes reading among youth in the community by providing incentives that motivate students to practice reading. The program can begins in January and ends in March. The River Bandits provide prizes for the program, with a grand prize of a ticket to a Quad Cities River Bandits game at Modern Woodmen Park, along with a complimentary meal and the opportunity to participate in a parade on the playing field before the games.
Since the program is designed to provide incentives for students to meet reading goals it can be easily integrated into ongoing lesson plans. The teachers retain the ability to set the reading goals and determine whether they have been met, and it is up to their discretion to give students second chances in order to help them complete the program successfully.