Thunder to Award Local Students for Reading Achievement

Winners of third annual Thunder Reading Challenge announced
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Thursday, May 24 - The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today the winners of the third annual Thunder Reading Challenge. The Thunder Reading Challenge, which began in November, is a competition that rewards elementary school students who read for the highest total of minutes.  The top overall student, Kimberly Alvarez from Hawthorne Elementary, will be recognized Thursday, May 24 (today) with a surprise visit from Rumble the Bison.


Students from kindergarten to third grade are asked to read at least 20 minutes per day and log their time. More than 10,500 students in 121 area schools registered in the contest. The top reader from each grade level will receive an autographed player jersey and personalized plaque.


The top kindergartner was Pari Gulati from Grove Valley Elementary with 11,185 minutes. Angelia Atwood from Van Buren Elementary was the top reader in first grade with 23,665 minutes. The top second grader was Lili Rangel from Linwood Elementary with 24,240 minutes. Third grader Kimberly Alvarez from Hawthorne Elementary was the top overall reader of the challenge with 34,130 minutes.


The Thunder Reading Challenge is presented by American Fidelity Assurance Company. For more information on next year’s Thunder Reading Challenge, contact Debbie Williams at 408.208.4800.