Magic Offers FCAT Reward to Central Florida Students

Magic to hold FCAT/Read to Achieve Night

March 14, 2006

Orlando, Fla.- The Orlando Magic will reward Central Florida students with a FCAT-Read to Achieve (RTA) Night at the March 15 game vs. Utah (tip-off is set for 7 p.m.). As part of night the Magic are offering a “buy one get one free” ticket to Central Florida students as a reward for scoring Level 3 or better in reading last year on their FCAT. For those same students the Magic will distribute a “certificate of achievement” along with a voucher. The voucher entitles the student to free admission to one of three Magic games with the purchase of one adult ticket. The adult ticket is offered at a discounted price and is good for the March 15, April 10 (vs. Atlanta) or April 12 (vs. Toronto) contests. Over 170 students received certificates/vouchers for their performance on the FCAT last year.

The FCAT/RTA Night activities will include a halftime ceremony at center court to honor nine students from Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties for having the highest FCAT scores last year. Other highlights include a Dwight Howard RTA feature on the jumbotron and 2,000 bookmarks distributed at the door.

Leading up to the FCAT, Orlando Magic Guard Travis Diener recorded a message providing students with tips for taking the exam. The message was seen by students who took the FCAT tests February 27th – March 9th.

Read to Achieve is a year-round program that targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and Polk counties to help them build a life-long love of reading by providing greater access to books and technology. The Orlando Magic partners with schools each year to refurbish their media centers, donate books, incentive items and motivate children through player appearances, and give each school the opportunity to excel in reading. The Magic has donated more than $100,000 and 17,000 books to local schools to enhance their literacy efforts.

Each month, a player, coach or dancer reads a book on the Read to Achieve Storyline. Children can call 407-916-4ABC to hear their favorite sports star tell them their favorite story. Stories are also available in Spanish.

The 2005-06 Read to Achieve partner schools are Nap Ford Community School from Orange County, Tangelo Park in Orange County, Wicklow from Seminole County, Boggy Creek representing Osceola County, Edith L. Starke in Volusia County, Riveria from Brevard County, and Loughman Oaks in Polk County.