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Cocky excites Logan Elementary School students to promote reading

Logan Elementary students watch Cocky animate the stories being read to them by USC students. Logan Elementary students watch Cocky animate the stories being read to them by USC students.
USC student volunteers help Cocky to promote literacy by reading some favorite childhood books. USC student volunteers help Cocky to promote literacy by reading some favorite childhood books.

By Abby McDowell

Logan Elementary School students had smiles from ear to ear after USC mascot, Cocky, showed up at their school Monday night to kick off of Cocky's Reading Express.

USC students volunteer to go to elementary schools across the state and promote reading.

Christine Shelek is the Program Coordinator for Cocky's Reading Express. She says USC students and Cocky are role models for these young children because of what they are doing for the community.

This is the first year Cocky's Reading Express is partnering with SCE&G which presented a big donation of $25,000 to the program last night.

The program will now be able to visit more schools across the state to promote family literacy nights. Family literacy night is intended to help families get involved to promote the importance of reading. The children are read to while parents leave to go to a separate meeting and afterward a dinner is served.

SCE&G representative Keller Kissam says he is excited for this partnership to get the whole community involved in promoting literacy, and to prepare their future employees.

"These are our future linemen coming along in the community so we want to plant that seed so they can be extremely successful," Kissam said.

But right now the future is the last thing on these students minds...Monday night was all about Cocky!

Four year old son Zion Wilson was excited to see the iconic mascot.

"I heard about Cocky the whole ride over here, like are we almost there," Zion's father said. "Is Cocky gone yet?!"

Now SCE&G's donation will help Cocky visit more South Carolina schools to promote reading.

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