September 22, 2003
Created by Six Flags, Read to Succeed is in its 18th year and is one of the most successful children's literacy programs in the United States. More than 1.5 million students and teachers completed the program last year and enjoyed a day of fun at their nearby Six Flags theme park. The new 2003 - 2004 program, designed by the Weekly Reader Corporation, teaches kids in grades K through 6 that reading is both rewarding and fun.
The free language arts curriculum available to educators is designed to meet educational standards for the English Language Arts as set forth by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. Students at schools who enroll in Read to Succeed are also eligible to participate in the Six Flags Six Hour Reading Club(tm). Each student who reads a minimum of six hours outside the classroom earns a ticket good for free admission to their nearest participating Six Flags theme park. Teachers who supervise the program also are rewarded with a free ticket.
"Reading can take children places they never dreamed of," said Hank Salemi, senior vice president of Six Flags, Inc. "Establishing a desire to read at a young age sets kids up for a lifetime of success and opens their minds to new horizons."
Enrollment is currently open to schools for their kindergarten through sixth grade students and is free of charge. Schools new to the program should be located within 150-miles of a Six Flags branded theme park. Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis each year. Schools can enroll by calling 1-866-308-1362.
Teachers can learn more about the program by visiting the Teacher's section of www.weeklyreader.com/lifetime/rts.html