The Winston-Salem Dash’s mascot Bolt visited Jonesville Elementary School Monday.
Students were treated to a presentation to kick off the Dash’s “MVP Education Program” at the end of the school day. Bolt and members of the publicity department for the Dash minor league baseball team brought students out on the court to participate in games while teaching them about recycling, following the rules, and the importance of being well-read.
As part of the overall goal to increase reading and literacy in children and young adults, Jonesville Elementary is challenging each student to read more as part of the “Run the Bases” contest, a part of the MVP program. Sandy Welborn of Jonesville Elementary is in charge of the school’s competition. Each student is given a reading goal by their teacher, and as they meet the checkpoints they get to first, second, third and home base.
The goals vary, and each teacher sets their own standards, said Welborn. “The reason we do that is because we have kindergarten through sixth grade.”
Younger students are asked to read a certain time amount, while older kids are required to read a certain number of books.
“Some teachers have them do thirty minutes a night, other teachers go by Accelerated Reader,” she said.
Accelerated Reader is a program developed by Renaissance Learning, Inc. The program suggests books for each student’s reading level and monitors their progress through a questionnaire after they finish, according to the company’s website.
As each child reaches a base, the prize changes.
“When they get on first base they get a poster,” said Welborn. “When they get to second base they get a free hour of jump time at Airbound Trampoline Park in Winston-Salem. When they reach third base they get a bookmark, and then when they reach home plate they get a Domino’s pizza.”
“It’s a great incentive, and it gets our kids reading and excited about reading,” Welborn said.
On May 3 students will be able to attend a Dash baseball game for a discounted price of $5 per ticket. The game will be at 7 o’clock and is separate from the bases program, insuring every student is able to attend whether or not they can complete the required reading.
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