Read To Achieve Overview 2012-13
The 2012-13 Clippers Read to Achieve program had over 47,000 students participate from 127 Los Angeles area schools. Students that participated in the Minutes Challenge read a total of almost 9 million minutes during the program. Ritter Elementary School and Bethune Middle School, both in Los Angeles, were the winning Elementary and Middle Schools, respectively, for the Minutes Challenge. Both schools received a school visit from a Clippers Player and an iPad Mobile Learning Lab for their school. In addition to the Minutes Challenge, we received over 150 submissions for the Storybook Challenge and the Short Story and Poetry Slam N Jam. The winners of the Storybook Challenge and Short Story and Poetry Slam N Jam were from San Miguel Magnet School, St. Mary School, John Burroughs High School and Eagle Rock High School.
Community Kids Awards 2012-13
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, students who excelled in the Los Angeles Clippers Read to Achieve and FIT programs for 2012-13 were honored during a pregame awards ceremony prior to the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game at STAPLES Center. More than 60 students, representing 15 Los Angeles area schools, were honored as Read to Achieve All-Stars, Storybook Challenge and Short Story and Poetry Slam ‘N’ Jam winners and FIT Squad members. Students from New Open World Academy, Ritter Elementary School, Al-Huda Islamic School, West Middle School, Madrona Middle School, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and Bishop Alemany High School were honored as Read to Achieve All-Stars. Classes from San Miguel Magnet School and St. Mary School were honored for their submissions in the Storybook Challenge and students from John Burroughs High School and Eagle Rock High School were honored for their work in the Short Story and Poetry Slam N Jam. This year’s FIT Squad featured students from 42nd Street Elementary School, Al-Huda Islamic School, Gage Middle School, Ivy Bound Academy and Mulholland Middle School Police Academy Magnet. Each student received an awards plaque, t-shirt and goody bag which included books and school supplies courtesy of the Clippers Read to Achieve program. After the awards ceremony, the students participated in an on-court recognition before the game and then were escorted to their seats to enjoy the game with their families and friends.
Bethune Middle School – January 11, 2013 – Minutes Challenge Winning School – Middle School
On January 11, 2013, the Los Angeles Clippers took timeout to recognize the students at Bethune Middle School for winning the Clippers Read to Achieve Minutes Challenge for the 2012-13 season. During this year’s Minutes Challenge the students at Bethune Middle School read over 4 million minutes, which was the most for any middle school participating in the program. Los Angeles Clippers Guard Willie Green visited the school to speak with the students on the importance of education and reading. Students also participated in a question and answer session and autograph session with Willie during the event.
Ritter Elementary School – February 20, 2013 – Minutes Challenge Winning School – Elementary School
The Los Angeles Clippers took timeout on February 20, 2013 to recognize the students at Ritter Elementary School for reading over 500,000 minutes during the 2012-13 Clippers Read to Achieve program. Los Angeles Clippers Forward Grant Hill participated in a reading timeout with the students, who read more minutes than any other Elementary School in this year’s Read to Achieve program. After the reading timeout students participated in a question and answer session with Grant.
Each student in attendance also received a t-shirt, book and school supplies courtesy of the Read to Achieve program. In addition to the reading timeout, the students at Ritter Elementary School won an iPad Mobile Learning Lab for their school, courtesy of a grant for Windsong Trust. The goal of the Los Angeles Clippers Read to Achieve program is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people by providing greater access to books and technology while encourage families and adults to read regularly with young children.