The Mets launched “Ya Gotta Read!” in 2017 to foster a love of reading in students. The more children read, the better they do in school. It’s also linked to expanded knowledge and vocabulary, improved attention span and memory and increased curiosity and imagination.
Thanks to a partnership with the Mets Foundation and Delta Air Lines, the program has expanded to include almost 24,000 students at 19 elementary schools in Queens and Brooklyn.
For the 2020 edition of Ya Gotta Read, the Mets and Delta are challenging students to read for 20 minutes every school night for six weeks, coinciding with Mets Spring Training. The more minutes students read, the more Mets prizes they earn.
Students who read for 60 minutes, hit a single, and win a Ya Gotta Read wall cling. Reading for 180 minutes gets students a Mets souvenir Cup. Reading for 300 minutes counts as a triple and earns students a Mets beanie hat. Finally, reading for 600 minutes means students hit a home run and win a pair of Mets tickets.
In addition, the student at each school who reads the most will win four Field Level tickets to a Mets game, be honored on the field during a pre-game ceremony and receive a $100 Citi Field Gift Card!
The class at each school that reads the most will win an exclusive tour of Citi Field which includes behind-the-visits to the Mets Clubhouse, Press Conference Room and Mets Dugout!
To help students along the way, the Mets and Delta partnered with Scholastic to provide new books for each school. The diverse selection of books was curated by Scholastic and intended to provide a wider selection of books for students to read.
The Mets and Delta are proud to be partnering with the following schools:
- P.S. 13 Clemente C. Moore
- P.S. 19 Marino Jeantet
- P.S. 22 Thomas Jefferson School
- P.S. 48 William Wordsworth
- P.S. 69 The School of Cultural and Performing Arts
- P.S. 148
- P.S. 191 Paul Robeson
- P.S. 214 Cadwallader Colden
- P.S. 219 Paul Klapper
- P.S. 307 Pioneer Academy
- P.S. 149 The Christa McAuliffe School
- P.S. 20 John Bowne
- P.S. 12 James B Colgate
- P.S. 193 Gil Hodges
For more information, or if you would like to learn how your school can participate in 2021, please email [email protected] or call 718-565-4321.
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