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BILOXI, MS – The Biloxi Shuckers, in partnership with Walmart, unveiled Tuesday their plans for the “Hit the Books” reading program, which aims to teach local students the importance of literacy. The incentive-based drive will reward students who reach their reading goals with a ticket to a Shuckers home game this season.
Over the course of the next six weeks, beginning this Friday, Schooner the Seagull and other Shuckers representatives will lead pep rallies and classroom visits at 19 local schools with a message stressing the benefits of reading. At these visits, students will receive a special “Hit the Books” bookmark with a reading log on its reverse side. Once a student has read six books and their list is verified by a teacher, the bookmark can be redeemed at the MGM Park box office for a ticket to a pre-determined Shuckers home game this season.
Qualifying students will also be invited to participate in an on-field parade before their scheduled game. The parade, led by Schooner, will allow Shuckers fans to honor “Hit the Books” participants for their commitment to reading. This year just over 10,000 students will be receiving a bookmark.
“This program is a great way for young Shuckers fans to reap the rewards of hitting the books,” said Jenifer Truong, Community Relations Coordinator for the Shuckers. “Reading is already a fun thing for students to do, but the added incentive to see their hard work recognized by the Shuckers should only serve to enhance that experience.”
The “Hit the Books” tour schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 17 North Bay Elementary School
Friday, February 17 Coast Episcopal School
Friday, February 17 Bayou View Elementary School
Wednesday, February 22 Vancleave Upper Elementary School
Thursday, February 23 Gaston Point Elementary School
Friday, March 3 Gorenflo Elementary School
Friday, March 3 Nativity BVM Elementary School
Thursday, March 9 Anniston Elementary School
Wednesday, March 15 Harrison Central Elementary School
Wednesday, March 15 Singing River Academy
Friday, March 17 North Woolmarket Elementary/Middle School
Friday, March 17 Hancock North Central Elementary School
Friday, March 17 West Hancock Elementary School
Friday, March 24 St. Martin East Elementary School
ABOUT THE BILOXI SHUCKERS:
The Biloxi Shuckers are the Double-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Shuckers play at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi. For more information please visit biloxishuckers.com and follow us on Twitter @biloxishuckers and at facebook.com/biloxishuckers.com.
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