The Erie BayHawks, PNC Bank and the NBA Development League work to promote the love of reading through the Read to Achieve program. The program, which includes schools from the Erie City School District, Millcreek Township School District, and Diocese of Erie schools, includes special Read to Achieve Nights and monthly Reading Timeouts. To date, The BayHawks have over 5,000 student participants in the Read to Achieve program.
The reading program is supported by Reading Timeouts, in which BayHawks players take time out of their schedules to visit participating schools. While at the schools, players often times talk to students about the importance of reading and read them a book. This past season, the BayHawks did over 35 Reading Timeouts to participating classrooms.
The reading program can easily be implemented into any existing reading program that a school or class already has. A chart is provided to all participating classrooms and teachers can help students track their progress. Once their goal is met, each student is presented with a free ticket to a select BayHawks game, courtesy of PNC Bank.
To register your school or classroom, call the BayHawks office at 814-790-5600.