Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker and the Bowie Baysox are teaming-up with "Read Across Prince George's" to hit a home run for reading.
The partnership will include up to 50,000 tickets to be used as incentives by teachers and schools to show significant improvement or performance among students in reading and language arts. The partnership also includes the Bowie Baysoxs' designation of June 12 as "Read Across Prince George's Day," which will feature Baker throwing out the first pitch.
Students and their families are encouraged to attend to celebrate the joy and fun of summer reading.
"Read Across Prince George's" is receiving overwhelming kudos from the business community and community-at-large and I am excited," said Baker. "I want to especially thank the Bowie Baysox for their enthusiasm, generous donation of tickets and commend them on their literacy programs and efforts as a franchise."
Baker added that, "We all want the best for our children however, the path to educational greatness begins with putting in place and providing the right tools to reach our desired outcomes – Read Across Prince George's is one of many educational prongs that will be launched by my administration in the near future. "
Baysox Community Program Manager Kate Milstead said the Baysox are happy to host the reading project.
"As the Baysox's "Read & Hit a Home Run" reading program celebrates its 16th season with over 4,000,000 books read across the state of Maryland, we know that getting kids excited to read is one of the most important things we can do for our community today and for our future leaders and citizens of tomorrow," Milstead said.