Batter up! The 2014 season of the MTA Red Sox Reading Game is underway

2014 Red Sox Reading Game Poster

Pitcher Craig Breslow is the spokesperson for the MTA Red Sox Reading Game and the Most Valuable Educator Program this year.

The reading game and the MVE program, sponsored by The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, are two of the MTA’s key student achievement partnerships.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to participate in the game, which encourages reading during the summer, when literacy skills often slide. Students can enter by pledging to read nine books and sending in entry forms signed by parents or guardians.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to participate in the game, which encourages reading during the summer, when literacy skills often slide. Students can enter by pledging to read nine books and sending in entry forms signed by parents or guardians.

The MTA draws 100 of the forms from among the thousands submitted and invites the students and their teachers to a game at Fenway Park in September. Each giveaway winner receives two tickets. Five grand prize winners are invited onto the field for a special ceremony.

Jean Fay Amherst Pelham Education Association President Jean Fay was honored as the Most Valuable Educator during a home game at Fenway Park on April 19.

The Most Valuable Educator Program recognizes those who promote success among students. MVEs are selected by the Red Sox based on nominations from the public. Anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher, education support professional, school staff member, coach or volunteer by writing about his or her contribution to student achievement. Each nomination must include an essay explaining why recognition is deserved.

Breslow will join the team’s mascot, Wally the Green Monster, and thousands of educators around the state in promoting the MTA’s efforts. To publicize the programs, 15,000 posters and 500,000 entry forms and bookmarks are being distributed in schools around the state. This year’s materials feature Breslow and Wally reading the World Series edition of the children’s book “Zachary’s Ball,” by Matt Tavares.

Resources

Entry forms and the official MTA Red Sox Reading Game poster featuring Craig Breslow are available at www.readingmatters.org.

To nominate someone to be an MTA Red Sox Most Valuable Educator, send an essay of up to 400 words to Most Valuable Educator, c/o Red Sox Community Relations, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston MA 02215. MVE nominations must be postmarked by June 30.

To find out more about visits from Wally, go to http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/wally.jsp.

As part of his Strike3Foundation, Craig Breslow is seeking out public school students who are helping classmates with cancer. Learn more and join the effort before the June 30 deadline.