2008 Musketeer Reading Program Had Over 2,500 Participants

Dec. 17, 2008

The Blue Blob visits Western Row

CINCINNATI - Over 2,500 elementary students from 61 schools throughout southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky participated in the Xavier athletic department 2008 Musketeer Reading Program presented by Kroger, which began with the start of school and ended on Nov. 21. The strong response set a new benchmark for program participation.

The Musketeer Reading Program is designed to encourage students to further their education through reading and during this past fall, local students read as many books as possible. Students who read over 5 books received a Xavier pen and pencil, while students who read over 10 books also received a Xavier reporter's notepad in addition to the Xavier pen and pencil. If a student read over 15 books, they earned free admission to all Xavier Athletic home events, except for men's basketball, as well as a pen, pencil, and notepad. All students that took part in the program also received a certificate of participation.

For the first time, this year's program also included a school competition to see which school would be crowned the "Xavier University Musketeer Reading Program School of the Year". Western Row Elementary in Mason, Ohio, won the competition as over 600 students participated. The school was presented a banner at halftime of Xavier women's basketball team's 71-66 victory over Michigan State on December 14. Western Row will also receive a "Reading In-Service" program for the school's teachers provided by the Xavier University Reading Program in the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education.

Information about the 2009 Xavier Musketeer Reading Program will be distributed to local schools in May 2009. If you would like more information about the reading program, please contact Ian Frost at 513-745-3378 or frosti@xavier.edu.