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Charlotte Checkers Pick up a Book and Read
The goal of the "Pick Up A Book & Read" program is to motivate and encourage students to challenge and improve their reading abilities. The six-week program invites third, fourth and fifth graders to read as many pages from as many different sources as possible and earn rewards based on the number of pages he or she has completed. Prizes from the Hurricanes and Checkers include tickets, jerseys and a visit from the Checkers' mascot, Chubby.

2013-14 Results

Top Reader by Grade Level
Grade Student School Minutes Read
3rd Samir Cedillo Irwin Academy Center 13,180
4th Meadow Sherrod Pinewood Elementary 13,565
5th Andeyin Larsen Wesley Chapel Elementary 4,857
Top Five Schools
Rank School Minutes Read
1. Pinewood Elementary 384,261
2. Huntersville Elementary 184,808
3. Morehead STEM 157,360
4. Polo Ridge Elementary 143,633
5. JV Washam Elementary 126,369
Top Five Teachers
Rank Teacher Grade School
1. Mrs. Harris 4th Morehead STEM Academy
2. Ms. Kesslick 4th Pinewood Elementary
3. Mr. Herrit 5th JV Washam Elementary
4. Mrs. Goonan 4th Huntersville Elementary
5. Mrs. Swiatko 4th Piney Grove Elementary

About the Program

How it Works

  • Select the six-week period between Oct. 27 and Feb. 28 that you would like to participate in the program
  • Display the Pick up a Book and Read poster
  • Distribute ONE Pick up a Book and Read bookmark and scorecard to each student. Independent reading or reading to another person from sources such as books, magazines and newspapers qualifies for the program
  • New for this year - students keep track of minutes read instead of pages
  • After six weeks, collect all completed scorecards to check that each has been properly initialed and the minutes read throughout the program have been totaled and written in the box provided


For the Students

  • All students participating will receive a certificate of accomplishment
  • All students that read at least 1,500 minutes will receive a Carolina Hurricanes Back Sack (while supplies last)
  • An All-Star Certificate is awarded to the top classroom reader from each class
  • The top reader from each grade level in each school will receive four tickets to a predetermined Charlotte Checkers hockey game
  • The top reader from each grade in the overall program (all schools included) will receive a Charlotte Checkers home jersey
  • The top five schools in the entire program, based on final reading results, will have an on-site visit by the Charlotte Checkers mascot, Chubby, and the community relations department on a mutually agreed-upon date

For the Teachers

  • Each teacher that has a class participating in the Pick Up A Book and Read program will receive a certificate of appreciation
  • The top five teachers who produce the highest reading results will receive two tickets to a predetermined Charlotte Checkers game and be featured on our website, along with their students