ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dion’s, the Albuquerque Isotopes and the state of New Mexico have joined forces to promote youth literacy through the Club Read program.
The reading program encourages students to read during the summer months in exchange for prizes, organizers said in a news release. Students preschool through 5th grade qualify for the program, which runs through July 25.
“Club Read is something we look forward to each year,” said Dion’s CEO Mark Herman said in a statement. “Through this program, we hope to foster a love of lifelong learning in a fun and rewarding way.”
Students can “score” prizes by completing a scorecard which can be picked up at their local Dion’s, participating public libraries or Isotopes Park. Every student who submits a completed scorecard will earn a “home run,” scoring a backpack, an official Club Read T-shirt and a second scorecard to win even more prizes.
“The Isotopes are proud to once again partner with Dion’s and the state in Club Read,” Isotopes General Manager John Traub said. “Promoting literacy is a very important part of our community relations outreach efforts.”
Students who turn in first and second scorecards will be eligible to win the grand prize. Four grand-prize winners will be chosen and will receive four club-level tickets to a home game as a guest of the Isotopes mascot, Orbit, participate in the honorary ceremonial first pitch, receive an autographed baseball, enjoy one large Dion’s pizza during the game, and will be awarded a $20 Dion’s gift card.
“The state is thrilled to join Dion’s and the Isotopes this year and to provide incentives for kids to stay engaged in reading throughout the summer,” said Gov. Susana Martinez. “Because we know that the ability to read well at an early age is critical to a child’s future successes, the state is supportive of programs that cultivate a love of reading for our littlest learners.”
For more detailed information regarding Club Read, visit www.dions.com. Further questions can be directed to Melanie Armijo at Dion’s, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-858-1010, or Kim Stoebick at Isotopes, kstoebick@ABQIsotopes.com, 505-222-4014.