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‘Read to the Final Four’ coming for 3rd graders

Third graders in the Atlanta area will probably be more focused on the Read to the Final Four tournament than on the Road to the Final Four, since they’ll have an opportunity to participate in a reading contest around the men’s basketball tournament there this spring, WXIA-TV (11-Alive) reports.

“The Read to the Final Four program has the potential to positively impact tens of thousands of students in the Atlanta area by encouraging literacy through friendly competition,” the station quoted Carl Adkins, executive director of the Atlanta Basketball Host Committee, as saying. “We look forward to partnering with the NCAA and schools in the metro-Atlanta area on this program and many more as we prepare for Atlanta to host the Final Four in April 2020.”

The competition is open to elementary schools in the Atlanta metro area and begins on November 5. An online system will track the amount of time third graders spend reading books, and it is hoped this “friendly competition” will encourage greater literacy skills. The sign-up period closes Friday.

As of our publication date, 192 schools and about 20,000 students had been enrolled, according to the contest’s website. The contest mirrors one in Minneapolis last year.

Brackets are set up with competing schools, and right before the basketball tournament begins, the “Final Four” schools are announced.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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