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Read To Achieve

Dec 5 2011 12:15PM

Now in its ninth year, the annual Lakers Be A Champion and Read Reading Challenge is open to local elementary schools and has encouraged over 165,000 students to read for Lakers prizes and tickets. All participants receive a Lakers reading folder and bookmark. First and second grade students are challenged to read for 15 minutes per day, three times per week. While, third, fourth and fifth graders are challenged to read six chapter books in a six week period. Students who complete the challenge receive a prize, a certificate of completion and are entered into a drawing to win two tickets to a Lakers game. Classrooms with a 100% completion rate are eligible to win Grand Prizes such as an ice cream party with Lakers players, game tickets for the entire classroom or a pep rally at their school.

During the 2008-09 season, the Los Angeles Lakers held our annual book drive to collect books for the Lakers Reading and Learning Centers throughout the city. Collected books were donated in memory of Chick Hearn and over the past four seasons, Laker fans have generously donated over 5,500 books to support literacy.

Each year, the Los Angeles Lakers also send members of the Lakers All-Star Reading Team out into the community to conduct L.A.K.E.R. (Los Angeles Kids Enjoy Reading) Time Outs. The focus of the read aloud program is to encourage children to be excited about books and to develop a life-long love for reading. The All-Star Reading Team is comprised of players, coaches, the Laker Girls, spouses and parents of players, former Lakers and local celebrities.

Since 2002, the Lakers have created or renovated fourteen Lakers Reading Rooms or Lakers Learning Centers throughout Los Angeles and Hawaii. Each site was remodeled with new carpet, new paint, framed Lakers photos, bookshelves, tables, chairs, sofas and new childrens books, offering children a safe and fun learning environment dedicated to literacy.

Reading is fun and
books are cool too.
I will read a book daily
to learn something new.

I will learn different words
and I will listen in school,
when teachers read stories
and share reading rules.

I will practice my skills
in every way,
reading is something
I will do everyday.

Reading will offer
great adventures to me,
reading will help me be
the best I can be.