Pep rally kicks off reading contest for third-graders

Students learn about the "I Love to Read" program Oct. 20, 2017, at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Pep rallies on Fridays are common this time of year in high schools.

But a different kind of pep rally this Friday got students in the spirit not for football, but for reading.

WISH-TV 24-Hour News 8’s Brenna Donnelly was at Lawrence North High School to kick off a yearlong reading competition among third-graders in the Indianapolis area. It’s part of WISH-TV’s “I Love to Read” program.

WISH-TV is teaming with the NCAA to promote reading not just at school, but at home, too.

Watch the video to learn more.

In addition to the NCAA Team Works’ “Readers Become Leaders” and WISH-TV’s “I Love to Read” programs, other partners supporting the competition include Scholastic, Butler University, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis and the University of Indianapolis.

A total of 100 third-grade classrooms from the WISH-TV viewing area will advance to a bracketed competition beginning in January. The champion classroom will be announced at a special assembly in March.

For more information about the program, call Gail Dent at the NCAA at 317-917-6117.