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Salute to Reading Year-End Celebration

by allison on June 3, 2014

Salute to Reading Year-End Celebration

On Thursday, May 15, Vincent welcomed 63 young students and their guests to the Glazer Children’s Museum for the year-end celebration of the inaugural Salute to Reading Program.

The Salute to Reading Program is an incentive and recognition program designed to award outstanding students at the elementary level for reading improvement. In keeping with the foundation’s mission of supportingVJ reading military children and families, the program runs in the three elementary schools that contain the majority of MacDill Air Force Base personnel’s children: Ballast Point, Chiaramonte, and Tinker Elementary Schools. Students are awarded based on their reading progress in the classroom, as well as their commitment to reading. Throughout the school year, nine students (one student from grades 3-5 from each school) are selected on a monthly basis and invited to a meet and greet at One Buccaneer Place with Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Students are selected by reading coaches and administrators at each school based on criteria related to reading achievement set by each school.

At the year-end celebration, all the students who enjoyed a monthly visit to One Buc Place were invited to the museum where they were able to explore the exhibits and activities before enjoying dinner upstairs in the banquet hall. As a special surprise, the students were treated to a reading of an excerpt from Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment, a new children’s book by Lindsey and Vincent Jackson. Lindsey and Vincent wrote the book, the first in a planned series of three, as a way to facilitate communication in military families about issues related to a parent’s deployment. The official launch of the book is scheduled for June 13, 2014 at which time it will be on sale at Buccaneers.com and in Tampa-area book retailers.


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