'Team Read' program offers Ravens rewards


Children can earn Baltimore Ravens player cards and Ravens-themed T-shirts in a summer reading program unveiled last week by team representatives and the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library.

"Team Read '98 with the Baltimore Ravens" is the theme of the program that begins tomorrow and runs through Aug. 8.

Children from kindergarten through 12th grade can sign up at all Pratt branch libraries, bookmobile stops, city PAL centers and Superkid camps. The program -- geared to, but not exclusively for, city residents -- was announced Thursday at the Ravens' Owings Mills training facility.

Nine players, including wide receiver Michael Jackson and new quarterback Jim Harbaugh, took part, greeting students from Cecil and Hampstead Hill elementary schools -- winners in summer reading programs the past two years.

City schools are requiring students from kindergarten through eighth grade to read five books this summer, and they suggested participation in Team Read as a way to meet that goal.

Children will receive a Ravens player card for each book they read, a certificate for scoring a touchdown (five books) and a Ravens Reader T-shirt for "winning the Super Bowl" (nine books).

The library has announced a goal of enrolling 10,000 children in Team Read.

A grant from the Abell Foundation made it possible to extend the program to the PAL centers and reading camps.

Media sponsors are WJZ-TV (Channel 13), radio station 92Q (92.3 FM) and The Sun.

In a kickoff event for the reading program, nationally known storyteller Jackie Torrence will make an appearance at noon Tuesday in Wheeler Auditorium at Pratt's central library, 400 Cathedral St.

For information on the summer reading program and library activities for children, call 410-396-5494.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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