Students in Ms. Jackson’s 2nd and 3rd grade combo class at Edison 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 in Room 22 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. Jackson’s students were treated to a reading session by two Laker Girls, an ice cream sundae party, and a Q&A session by Lakers guard Darius Morris.

The day started off with excitement as the Laker Girls read Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordon in Pursuit of a Dream, a story about how faith and how family members supporting one another can make a child’s dream come true. The story, written by basketball great Michael Jordan’s mother Deloris and sister Roslyn, was a perfect reading choice for the occasion.
Next up, the students were served chocolate and vanilla ice cream sundaes, handscooped by Edison’s wonderful parent and student volunteers. Once they finished eating, the Laker Girls happily signed autographs for the kids.

As the Laker Girls finished up their signing session, the students got a surprise visit from Darius Morris and were given the unique opportunity to ask the guard a variety of questions, including what his favorite books were and what it was like to see himself on TV. Following the Q&A, but before signing autographs, Morris told the students that he would only sign autographs if the students promised to continue reading, and the kids gladly accepted his offer.

Ms. Viera, Edison’s Read to Achieve Coordinator, said that because of the association of the Lakers with this reading program, the children were especially eager to take part. The Lakers would like to congratulate all the students who took part in Read to Achieve this year!

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