The Mets partnered with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to launch the program to help foster a love of reading in students. The goal is to have students read one grade-level book a week during the six-week program in addition to their normal course work. Each student signed up for the program will receive a Mets bookmark and a baseball-themed game card that keeps track of the number of books read. The Mets will reward students for the number of books read with Mets assets including merchandise, tickets, and on-field recognition.
The Mets “Ya Gotta Read!” program will work with over 930 students from 3rd grade through 5th grade at P.S. 19, one of the most overcrowded schools in the area. This is a pilot program for the Mets Community Department, so it was important to start it here in our neighborhood, but they are hoping to expand in the coming years.
LEVELS AND REWARDS
1 Book = Single Reward: Mets Bracelet
2 Books= Double Reward: Mets Sunglasses
4 Books = Triple Reward: Mets T-Shirt
6 Books = Home Run 2 Mets tickets to Sunday, April 23 game at Citi Field, Certificate of Completion, On-field Recognition
The student who reads the most books overall will receive four premium seats to Sunday, April 23 game and Mets gear for all their guests.