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Coach Dawn Staley Challenges Elementary Students

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Some of the kids who received awards for their excellent reading. Some of the kids who received awards for their excellent reading.

By: Jessie Knaak

Thousands of Midlands elementary school students joined the Gamecock women's basketball squad and head coach Dawn Staley for "Read with the Gamecocks Field Trip Day" at the Colonial Life Arena  Wednesday.

Coach Dawn Staley had challenged students to read, read, read, and of course, support the Gamecocks.  Their reward was getting to see the Gamecock game against Charleston Southern.

"Coach Dawn Staley actually came by and visited a class of students at our school," said Windsor Elementary teach Della Johnson. "She read them a story and issued a challenge to our students at Windsor to reach a goal and when she left that day, our students were motivated."

Over 4,000 students from 47 schools took part in this year's reading challenge. The students combined read over one million pages. The top readers got to attend the women's game versus Charleston Southern.

"They read their books at home, they read their books in the media center, and in the classroom we read over 165,000 pages of books in a one week period of time", said Windsor Elementary School librarian Angela Durham.

The students who read the most books were honored at halftime of the game with  plaques and autographed basketballs from Coach Staley.

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