Published on December 9th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Oak Pointe Elementary School named a winner in Reading with the Gamecocks contest

Oak Pointe Elementary School students are recognized at halftime during the South Carolina women’s basketball game against San Diego State.

IRMO – Students at Oak Pointe Elementary School read over 147,000 pages of books to become an overall winning school in this year’s Reading with the Gamecocks program.

It’s the second year that the Lexington-Richland District Five school earned the honor in the first part of the contest. Oak Pointe Elementary students and staff were recognized at halftime during the South Carolina women’s basketball game against San Diego State.

“Winning phase one of the Reading with the Gamecocks program for the second year in a row is a dream come true for Oak Pointe,” said Principal Cassy Paschal. “The program aligns perfectly with one of our mottos to ‘Work Hard, Play Hard.’  Reading is an integral part of a child’s learning and leads to success in school and in life.  I truly appreciate the Gamecocks being willing to sponsor such a worthwhile cause, allowing our students to be able to get vested and fall in love with the world of reading.”

The statewide Reading with The Gamecocks program is aimed at promoting literacy through a three-segment reading program. All South Carolina elementary schools are eligible for the program, and winners receive several prizes including a school visit from the Gamecocks and a plaque. Three statewide winners are named, one for each segment of the series, and winners are invited to a reading celebration with Gamecocks mascot Cocky during this season’s home basketball games.

Last April, students at Oak Pointe Elementary School received a special visit and congratulations as members of the University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team visited them to recognize them as winners of the 2013 reading contest. Dutch Fork High School graduate Alaina Coates was among the players and staff who visited the school. Oak Pointe media specialist Angela Durham said school events and visits by the Gamecocks help encourage the students to participate in the program.

“Last year, we read 145,000 pages, and this year we were able to exceed our goal and last year’s total,” Durham said. “At the school, students with the highest number of pages read this year spray painted the administrators’ hair. We also have an opportunity to attend a Gamecocks game. So, we see the students really excited about reading because of Reading with the Gamecocks and because they think it’s fun.”



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