Mississippi Association of Educators | November 19, 2013

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 Greenbrook Elementary Assistant Principal Leighanne Wamble, MAE President Joyce Helmick, MSU Egg Bowl Reading Champion Reagon Sago, Reagon's mother Latasha Sago, First Grade Teacher Adam Brassfield, and Greenbrook Elementary Principal Margaret White

Flanked by her first grade classmates at Greenbrook Elementary in Southaven, Miss., Reagon Sago was positively surprised when she learned at a celebration held Monday that she was one of two winners of the first annual "Be A Champion and Read Contest" sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE).

"All I was doing was reading," the young Reagon shyly told her mother who was a surprise guest at the celebration held at the school.

Mr. Adam Brassfield, Reagon's first grade teacher, excitedly told MAE, "It was so hard keeping this a secret for four days!"

Each of the two grand Prize Winners won tickets to the Egg Bowl plus tickets for two guests. The students will also visit the field during pre-game activities and receive a school prize pack!

"While the two winners receive their rewards, all of the students were winners." MAE President Joyce Helmick said. "You should have seen these students. Just so cute and so sweet. The children were so excited! When asked if they read books, they raised their hands up high to say, "Here I am! Here I am!" just thrilled to be recognized as young readers. They were so happy for the winner as they clapped with a look of excitement on their faces. They looked proud of their school, their teachers, and the winner! Reaching across our state with this contest has demonstrated that all public education stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, principals and others – believe these types of innovative investments benefits our public school students."

The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) believes reading is a child's key to success in school and life. That is the reason that MAE is emphasizing reading through its first annual Be a Champion and Read contest — to get children excited about reading. Students had to read six books and choose a team – Mississippi State University Bulldogs or University of Mississippi Rebels. A winner for each team wins tickets to the game.

The Reading Champion for Ole Miss is a student from the Grenada Public School District. The celebration and surprise announcement of the winner will be held later this week.

For more information click Be a Champion and Read Contest.