To engage youth and leave a lasting, positive impact in the 2019 Final Four® host region, the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee and the NCAA® have teamed up to promote and inspire reading for young people through a year-long, statewide, reading initiative titled “Read to the Final Four.” This signature legacy program offers several ways to participate, including a statewide reading goal for all non-third grade elementary students and a tournament-style reading competition for incoming Minnesota third graders, supported by a library of thousands of digital books.

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STATEWIDE GOAL
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE


Available to Minnesota students who will be in third grade during the 2018-19 school year

HOW TO SIGN UP


Schools can sign up and begin reading to the Final Four NOW

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE


FREE ACCESS to more than 5,800 digital booksABILITY TO TRACK BOOKS AND MINUTES READ via easy-to-use online platformREAL-TIME, ACTIONABLE DATA for teachersOPPORTUNITY TO BE PART of a March Madness-style reading competitionCHANCE FOR STUDENTS TO WIN PRIZES for themselves and their school

CHAPTER 1: TIP-OFF


FALL 2018:Online tracking of minutes read will begin

CHAPTER 2: THE TOURNAMENT


JANUARY 2019:Sixty-eight schools compete in a tournament-style bracket competitionAPRIL 2019:Prizes awarded to winning school and individual reading leaders during Final Four week

CHAPTER 3: POSTSEASON


MID-APRIL 2019:Students will continue to have access to the online library through June 30, 2019

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE READ TO THE FINAL FOUR PROGRAM?


The NCAA and the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee are committed to leaving a legacy of impact in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota, through a year-long initiative focused on the importance of reading. The Read to the Final Four program provides access to thousands of digital books and encourages students to read and explore their interests through the competitive spirit that March Madness brings each year.

How do students sign up?


To participate, eligible students must be signed up by their parent/guardian or school via myON’s website by this upcoming Fall. To sign up, click here.

Does it cost anything to participate?


The Read to the Final Four program is entirely elective, free and fun!

How will the 68 schools competing in the tournament be determined?


Beginning this upcoming Fall, participating students’ reading progress will be tracked via myOn’s digital reading platform. The 68 schools with the highest average time spent reading will qualify for the bracket-style competition. School and individual reading winners will be announced during Final Four week, in April 2019.

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Available for all incoming MN third grade students

Individual readers will also receive yearlong access to the digital reading platform but will NOT be entered into the March Madness-style competition. Your school must be enrolled in the program to be eligible for the bracketed tournament*.

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STATEWIDE GOAL

Available for all non-third grade MN elementary students

Although the 68-school bracketed competition is exclusive to third graders, this Read to the Final Four statewide goal provides all non-third graders in elementary schools across the state of Minnesota an opportunity to join the Final Four fun as well.

• Every minute read will count towards our statewide goal

• Top individual readers will have the chance to win prizes

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

If you are a Minnesota library, recreation center or before/after school program who would like to be involved in Read to the Final Four as a resource in your community, please email read@mnsportscorp.org for more information.