READ TO ACHIEVE
The Los Angeles Clippers Read to Achieve Program is designed to promote the importance of literacy. The program goal is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people by providing greater access to books and technology while encouraging families and adults to read regularly with young children. The Clippers Read to Achieve program has three components; Reading & Learning Center development directed at community centers and youth organizations, the Read To Achieve Minutes Challenge and the Read to Achieve Story Book Challenge both focusing on Elementary, Middle and High School students from 19 school districts in greater Los Angeles.
The Clippers also challenge high school students to participate in the Read to Achieve "Short Story and Poetry Slam N' Jam" by taking time out to celebrate the written word through a creative short story, poem or rap. All students participate in the program in a quest to become Los Angeles Clippers Student Reading All-Stars.
School visits by Clippers players, Community Kids Awards Ceremony tickets, game tickets, books, bookmarks, t-shirts and grants are also incentives provided for the program.
READ TO ACHIEVE PROGRAM
Elementary, Middle & High School Divisions
The Los Angeles Clippers challenge students in elementary, middle and high school to take time out to read. Each participating student is asked to track the number of minutes they spend reading.
Elementary & Middle School Divisions
The Los Angeles Clippers challenge elementary and middle school students to work as a team in their classrooms to create a 5 to 10 page Story Book about "A young student's adventures in The Reading Room” – a special place where young people go to build a lifelong love for reading. Each group of students should come up with a unique group name to refer to themselves as for the storybook submission. We want students to be creative and to use a lot of pictures!
High School Divisions
The Los Angeles Clippers challenge high school students to take time out to celebrate the written word through a creative story, poem or rap. Their creation can be submitted in written form, audio cd or video. Entries must incorporate the message of Read to Achieve. The goal of Read to Achieve is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people by providing greater access to books and technology while encouraging families and adults to read regularly with young children.
Coordinators are asked to submit the total number of classes from their school participating in the Read to Achieve Program. Once your school is registered you will receive a Teacher's Classroom Summary Sheet and Student Reading Tracking Sheets for distribution to your classes. Classes participating in the Read to Achieve Story Book Challenge will receive a "Story Book Tip Sheet" which will provide some helpful tips on creating your classes Story Book. High Schools participating in the Read to Achieve Short Story and Poetry Slam N' Jam will receive a “Short Story and Poetry Slam N'Jam Tip Sheet” which will provide instructions and guidelines for short story, poem or rap entries.
Students submit completed tracking sheets to their teachers. Teachers submit their Classroom Summary Sheet along with the "Starting Five" (top five student tracking sheets based on the number of minutes read) from their class to the school's coordinator. Having received both a Classroom Summary Sheet and the “Starting Five” (top five tracking sheets) from each teacher, the coordinator will forward all summary and tracking sheets to the Clippers Administrative offices.
Story Book Challenge
Teachers will submit their students’ short stories, poems or raps to their school coordinator. The coordinator will forward all of the short stories, poems or raps to the Clippers Administrative offices.
High School Short Story and Poetry Slam N'Jam
Teachers will submit their classes poems or raps to their school coordinator. The coordinator will forward all of the class's poems or raps to the Clippers Administrative offices.
Clippers' Student All-Star Reading Team
The 5 elementary, 5 middle and 5 high school students who log the most reading minutes will be drafted to the Clippers Student All-Star Reading Team. These students and a guest will be invited to attend the Clippers Community Kids Awards Ceremony.
Read to Achieve School Awards
There will be three school awards. The elementary and middle schools that track the most minutes receive a Reading Timeout visit from a Clippers Player for 100 students. The high school that tracks the most minutes receives tickets to a Los Angeles Clippers game.
Read to Achieve Books
Students that have read a significant number of books will be entered in a drawing for Clippers Reading Packages which include brand new books.
Grants - (2) $2,000 Grants
One elementary and one middle school book will be chosen and a $2,000 Grant awarded to their school.
Clippers Community Kids Awards Ceremony
The Los Angeles Clippers welcome elementary, middle and high school students to be part of an interactive event celebrating reading and education. Participants will be welcomed by Clippers Players, watch performances by Clippers Spirit and Fan Patrol, and participate in a special school awards ceremony. Each child in attendance receives books, t-shirts and school supplies.
Read to Achieve T-Shirts and Books
All participating schools that meet the Fax Registration Deadline will be entered into a random drawing for Read to Achieve T-shirts and Books.
Read to Achieve - Los Angeles Clippers Game Tickets
All schools that meet the submission deadline will be entered in a random drawing to receive tickets to a Clippers home game.
The Los Angeles Clippers are pleased to offer an opportunity to assist college-bound students. Four $2,500 Stay In School Scholarships (two girls and two boys) will be offered to seniors planning to attend a four-year college beginning in the fall of 2013. Scholarships will be made available to students residing in the greater Los Angeles area.
Entries for the Scholarship Program will be judged on the following:
- Academic achievement (grades and SAT scores)
- Extracurricular activities
- Civics and community activities
- 300-word essay on the topic, "Why college is important to me".
TO BE ELIGIBLE STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
- A completed Los Angeles Clippers Stay in School Scholarship Application (.pdf)
- A copy of your transcript (with SAT scores)
- A letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member
- A 300 word essay on the topic, "Why college is important to me".