Tifton Gazette


May 31, 2014

Hawks partner with Check-It-Out Reading Challenge

ATLANTA —  Hoops will lead to whoops this summer at Georgia’s public libraries, as the Atlanta Hawks and GPLS celebrate summer reading with the 10th annual Check-It-Out Reading Challenge (CIORC).

The longest continually running program of its type, the CIORC encourages young readers to earn basketball-related rewards through reading. Designed to enhance this year’s national “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Summer Reading Program, the Hawks’ 2014 CIORC will welcome young readers entering classes from pre-K to grade 12 for the 2014-15 school year.

CIORC are now available at participating library branches across the state. Registration is now underway and will be conducted online through Aug. 30.

Any child enrolled in grades pre-K through 12 in the state of Georgia may participate by having a parent or guardian log on to www.checkitoutreading.com, either on a home computer or a public-access computer at the library. Parents and guardians may register each child in their household for the program. As many as six participating children may attend a Hawks game together when accompanied by at least one adult who has purchased a ticket.

“It's great to have this support for summer reading from our partners, especially in times of economic challenge,” said Elaine Black, director of youth services for GPLS.

For additional information on CIORC and other Hawks- and National Basketball Association-sponsored educational programs, visit www.hawks.com.


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