READ TO THE FINAL FOUR
The NCAA and Atlanta Basketball Host Committee are committed to leaving a legacy of positive impact in Atlanta and surrounding communities through the literacy initiative, Read to the Final Four. The program encourages and inspires local third graders to achieve reading growth with several participation options. The main event is an engaging, bracket-style reading competition that uses a digital literacy platform to provide access to thousands of books and track time spent reading.
Classrooms in the 20-county Metro Atlanta area compete as a school-wide third grade reading team and advance through rounds of competition that mirror the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The top schools will win a field trip to Fan Fest, where they will be recognized in a special award ceremony.
The bracket competition is available for third grade students in the 20-county Metro Atlanta region. Eligible for participation are school districts in the following counties: Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.
To participate, an administrator from the Superintendent’s Office must complete the Read to the Final Four Registration Kit for the eligible school district.
- FREE ACCESS to more than 6,000 digital books
- ABILITY TO TRACK BOOKS AND MINUTES READ via easy-to-use online platform
- REAL-TIME, ACTIONABLE DATA for teachers
- OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART of a March Madness-style reading competition
- CHANCE FOR STUDENTS TO WIN PRIZES for themselves and their school
- PARENTS OF PARTICIPANTS will receive two complimentary tickets to Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One
Friday, October 4 – Monday, November 4, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
Round of 68
Monday, January 27 – Sunday, February 9, 2020
Round of 64
Monday, February 10 – Sunday, February 16, 2020
Round of 32
Monday, February 17 – Sunday, February 23, 2020
Monday, February 24 – Sunday, March 1, 2020
Monday, March 2 – Sunday, March. 8, 2020
Monday, March 9 – Sunday, March 15, 2020
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE READ TO THE FINAL FOUR PROGRAM?
The NCAA and Atlanta Basketball Host Committee are committed to leaving a legacy of impact in Metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia, through an initiative focused on the importance of reading.
Read to the Final Four 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?
The administration of the Superintendent’s Office for each eligible school district has the option of registering schools for Read to the Final Four. Registration closes on October 18.
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?
Starting in November, participating students’ reading progress will be tracked via a digital reading platform provided by Renaissance myON. The 68 schools with the highest average time spent reading will qualify for the bracket-style competition. The top schools and individual readers will win a field trip to Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One, where they will be recognized in a special award ceremony in April 2020.