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More than 39,000 students from Houston participate in the NCAA reading competition.

The NCAA Literacy Program has grown in size and popularity to encourage third graders to enjoy reading.

HOUSTON – As your education station, we’re highlighting some of the best readers in our area!

As we prepare for the Final Four in Houston, the Read Before the Final Four competition is one of the tournament’s community initiatives.

The NCAA Literacy Program has grown in size and popularity to encourage third graders to enjoy reading. Just like in March Madness, elementary schools are moving forward by getting their students to read for millions of minutes!

“As a school, I definitely want to get a million minutes, but we could get two, yes, we will go for it,” said Tigerina Primary School Principal Sanjuanit Mottu.

Tijereena is one of the schools hoping to make it into this year’s competition. The competition started in H-Town back in 2016 with HISD.

This year, 11 school districts and 39,000 students are participating. The program includes an introductory tour of each district.

“They signed up to participate,” said Dorita Hatchett. “We tell all the districts that they have chosen themselves and we use the third grade level because after the third grade it really helps them.”

Although children compete in competitions and move up the grid, the main focus is on promoting reading. And Houston always does it big.

“We’re going to break records,” Hatchett said. “We outperformed some of the best results in other cities, so Houston really came into its own and proved itself.”

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