Reading program offers rewards to students and schools

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- When you think of getting booked, you probably think of mug shots, jail time and jump suits.

But for some South Bend kids getting booked means something completely different, and a lot better.

Today, four kids at Holy Cross School were recognized and awarded passes to the Kroc Center for reading five books and completing book reports on each.

It's all part of the “Get Booked Program started by city councilman and retired police officer Derek Dieter.

It promotes literacy and alternatives to violence.

Holy cross is one of seven schools participating, and they just started a few weeks ago.

So far Dieter says parents have been very receptive to the idea.

Schools will also be awarded.

Dieter says the school that reads the most books will be invited to Four Winds Field to throw out the first pitch at a Silver Hawks game.

He says right now Holy Cross is in the lead.

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