Read to Achieve Grand Prize School Visit: Riviera Elementary School

Students in Ms. Graham’s 5th class at Riviera Elementary School in Torrance, CA were named as one of the grand prize winners of this year’s Read to Achieve contest! All of the students successfully completed the program, where first and second graders were challenged to read outside of the classroom for 15 minutes a day, 3 days per week, for a six week period, while students in grades 3, 4, and 5 were challenged to read six multi-chapter books outside of the classroom.

In total, 62 schools throughout the Greater Los Angeles area participated in this year’s Read to Achieve. Grand prize winners were randomly selected amongst all classrooms with 100% program completion. For their achievement, Ms. Graham’s students were treated to a reading session by two Laker Girls, an ice cream sundae party, and a Q&A session by Lakers Forward Troy Murphy.

The day started off with excitement as the Laker Girls and Troy Murphy arrived to greet the classroom. Murphy began taking hard hitting questions from the kids in the class, such as: What is your favorite book? What other sports do you play? How tall are you? Do you know Kobe? After the Q&A portion each student received an autograph from Murphy and a photo with him and the Laker Girls.

Next up, the students were served chocolate and vanilla ice cream sundaes, hand scooped by Riviera’s wonderful parent volunteers. Once they finished eating, the Laker Girls read an excerpt from the book that Ms. Graham had been reading to the class called “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.” The students first gave the Laker Girls a synopsis of the story, so they could be up to speed.

After the reading, the class was dismissed to head home for the weekend, and all that was seen was the happiness on all of their faces. The Lakers would like to congratulate all the students who took part in Read to Achieve this year!