400+ Local Students Participate in Magic 863 Reading Program
In an effort to develop lifelong learners through literacy and education, the Lakeland Magic launched the Magic 863 reading program in schools across Polk and Osceola County. The program was designed to encourage students to read 30 minutes per day for four weeks. Students were incentivized to complete the program by being awarded two complimentary tickets to a Lakeland Magic home game of their choice this season. More than 400 students completed the program this season and 800 tickets were redeemed by students across Polk County.
"Reading is the foundation of education and we're thrilled to be able to encourage literacy within Polk and Osceola Schools" said Lakeland Magic President, Shelly Wilkes. Throughout the season, Lakeland Magic players also visited local schools to speak with students about the importance of education. "It's important for students to know that whether you want to be a doctor or an NBA basketball player, you still need education to succeed" said Wilkes.
Local schools with students that participate in the ReadingPals Program were also included in the Magic 863 reading program and challenged to read 30 minutes per day for eight weeks. Those that accomplished this goal received a complimentary ticket to the Lakeland Magic School Days Game on January 15, 2019 and were provided with lunch and transportation to the game.
"Thanks to the incentive provided by the Lakeland Magic 863 and the free access to online books provided by Renaissance during the program, hundreds of elementary children in Osceola County read over the winter holidays with their families. Students at eleven elementary schools read 500 books or more during the time period between December 11, 2018, through January 7, 2019," said Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace. "As we know that parental involvement in a children's learning positively affects his or her performance in school, we are proud to partner with the Lakeland Magic to help young people develop a life-long love for reading and literacy."
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