The students selected as “Exceptional Readers” in this year’s Readers Are Leaders Challenge were treated to an on-field experience at the Staten Island FerryHawks game on Saturday.
They took a group photo with Frankie the FerryHawk, stood on the field for the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and welcomed the players as they ran in from the dugout to their positions.
“Readers Are Leaders" challenged fourth-grade students in Staten Island's public, parochial and private schools to read a minimum of five books at grade level or above during a five-week period from Feb. 20 through March 24. Students then submitted a report or project on their favorite book that they read during the period.
Each school picked one “Exceptional Reader,” who received an award from Vito last month. The program was started by then-Councilman Vito Fossella in 1996 and since its inception, fourth-grade students have read more than 780,000 books for the annual challenge. That's over 29 billion words read by Staten Island students!
The challenge was sponsored by Community Media of Staten Island and the FerryHawks.