NCAA program encourages Omaha students to read

Posted at 12:37 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 01:38:41-04

The College World Series is right around the corner and some little fans are taking a serious pledge.

Hundreds of Omaha Public School students are promising to read books through a youth program from the CWS.

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Inside the Sokol Arena, more than 200 third grade students helped launch the "Read To Omaha" program. Students like Kentrell, a student at Conestoga Elementary, are fired up for reading.

"Reading is my favorite thing to do," Kentrell said. "I like to read Dr. Seuss 'Green Eggs and Ham'."

He's not alone.

Creighton University and the College World Series are spreading the love for reading. 

"It was pretty fun watching them and happy they were to be here and talk about reading," Creighton student Justin Patton.

The "Read To Omaha" program is new and was developed as part of the NCAA Team Works initiative. Organizers say the program launched after learning students in the third grade developed study habits that would follow them for the rest of the academic careers. 

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For some students, it is also a form of escapism. 

"...when I get mad, it calms me down by reading," Kentrell said.

While reading is fun, CWS also wants students to take it very seriously. At the end of the semester the top reader from each school will receive an award during the opening ceremonies at the College World Series. 

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