Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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April 22, 2014

Reading like pros

Members of the Indiana Pacers All-Star Reading Team served as guest readers at the Read Like A Pro Reading TimeOut event last week at McClelland Elementary School.

The event lasted for about an hour and was presented by Cargo Services.

Kelli Towles, director of community relations for the Pacers, said this is the 13th year of doing the community program.

“We do it from January to May and we visit about 40 elementary schools in central Indiana,” she said. “The whole process is to get kids to embrace the love of reading. We target students from kindergarten to third grade. When we come in and bring fun and excitement, it gets the kids excited.”

At McClelland, there were six All-Star readers that volunteered to read to second-graders: Spencer Anderson, Amber Matthews and Mark Boyle from the Pacers’ Sports Entertainment Staff, IMPD Officer Michael Mack, Donna Hall with Cargo Services and Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

There is no charge to the schools for the program and Principal Jennifer Nichols is happy to work with the Indiana Pacers.

“We’re continuing our partnership with them,” she said.

Mary Lang, director of communications for MSD of Wayne Township, added, “We’re helping our kids get excited about reading by connecting it to an organization that they’re familiar with and excited about.”

All students participated in the Pacers raffle, where they had the opportunity to win Pacers items including T-shirts, backpacks, headbands and a Pacers basketball.

All of the students received a Pacers bag that included a poster, bookmark and their very own Scholastic book.

“They get to walk away with a book to build their own home libraries,” Towles said. “It’s a great program. We love doing it and the kids get so excited. We bring a little different twist and fun to reading.”

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