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  ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Fast Break for Reading campaign is a joint initiative between the INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION (IRA), the AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (ABA) and CLASSROOM TEACHERS nationwide to encourage students to read for 10 minutes a day. We’ve set a goal of a million minutes read nationwide by the conclusion of the program.
With your support, we will achieve that milestone.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Fast Break for Reading Program
As a Classroom Teacher, you’re constantly looking for ways to encourage your students to read more. Well, IRA makes it easy! With this program, we’ve taken all of the prep work out of the equation, plus we’ve added some really cool incentives for you and your students. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Visit www.reading.org/fastbreak and sign up for the program
2. Download an official Program Reading Log & Certificate of Participation
3. Photocopy and distribute logs to your students
4. At the end of each month, collect logs from your students
5. Photocopy & distribute Certificate of Participation to each student for that month
6. Tally your received logs and total minutes for that month
7. Visit www.reading.org/fastbreak and “Submit your Student Reading Tally” for that month
It’s that easy! The website will take care of tracking your totals for the program for your account.
Encourage your colleagues to participate with their students and help us achieve our goal of 1,000,000 Total Minutes Read!

Become a Teacher Liaison
There is a secondary, yet vital, component of the Fast Break for Reading Program; the Teacher Liaison. The ABA currently fields 90 teams, each in a unique location / market. ABA teams are looking for Teacher Liaisons (volunteers) to facilitate the relationship between local ABA teams and individual schools / districts. Teacher Liaisons work directly with ABA teams to:
• Coordinate Buckets & Books Program book donations
• Coordinate group (student) outings at ABA games
• Schedule ABA activities with local schools such as reading clinics, basketball clinics, etc.
• Other activities

Teacher Liaisons are also elected as honorary ABA team members and receive team credentials which include:
• Team Jersey
• Access to any ABA designated team game

What a great way to facilitate the relationship between your local ABA team and your school or district. Becoming a Teacher Liaison is simple.

Here’s how:
1. Click on the ABA Team Map tab and find the ABA team closest to you
2. Once you’ve identified your ideal match, click on “Become a Teacher Liaison” on the Fast Break for Reading web site and an e-mail will open where you can input your selected team and send your request to the ABA league office. If you would prefer to contact the ABA office directly, e-mail Joe Newman, ABA CEO @ conniejoenewman@aol.com
3. You will be contacted by an official representative of your local ABA team to structure an activity plan that supports this campaign and meets your school or districts’ needs.

Buckets & Books Program

What would a reading program be without books? Donate a book at any ABA game and receive 50% off the cost of General Admission. Books collected at ABA games will be donated to local school reading programs. Book donations and other ABA & school activities will be coordinated through the Teacher Liaison program.

PROGRAM INCENTIVES

Students:
We understand that it can be difficult to motivate a student to read for the simple “love of reading” so we also sweetened the deal by adding the “love of basketball.” Each student that participates in the program will receive:
• A Certificate of Participation
• A Ticket to an ABA game of his / her choice
• Eligibility to win a Grand Prize at conclusion of the Program (subject to contest rules)
Additional Milestone Incentives (AWARDS & GRAND PRIZE*):
• The top reader at each school will also receive an “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the ABA & IRA.
• The student who reads the most total minutes and is taught by the teacher who accumulates the most total minutes nationally for this program will receive a Grand Prize* – Round trip Airfare for student and two chaperones and a one night hotel stay for one ABA finals game. IRA reserves the right to verify reading logs collected, so it is important that you keep all of the completed original logs collected for the duration of this program.

Teachers:
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you and all of the hard work you do. Each teacher that signs up for the program will receive:
• A FREE IRA Common Core Implementation Guide
• Eligibility to sign up for Teacher Liaison program
• Eligibility to win a Grand Prize at conclusion of the program (subject to contest rules)
Additional Milestone Incentive (GRAND PRIZE*):
• The Teacher who records the most total minutes nationally for this program will win a Grand Prize* – Round trip Airfare for two and a one night hotel stay for one ABA finals game. IRA reserves the right to verify reading logs collected, so it is important that you keep all of the completed original logs collected for the duration of this program.

LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM
The Fast Break for Reading and Buckets & Books programs will begin on November 17, 2012 and conclude on March 10, 2013.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Be sure to like our Fast Break for Reading Fan Page on Facebook. Follow all the latest program updates, upload pictures of your class in action or tell us how the program is going. Maybe even post pictures of students at ABA games, etc. Let’s make this program a Slam Dunk!!


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