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January 8, 2013 > Read with the Pioneers

Read with the Pioneers

Submitted By Kelly Hayes

The Cal State University East Bay Athletics Department will honor its 448 "Read with the Pioneers" participants during Reading Day at a Pioneer basketball doubleheader basketball games against Cal Poly Pomona at Pioneer Gym on January 12, 2013. Collectively, the participants read 205,000 pages.

The Read with the Pioneers Program works to encourage at-home reading by Hayward's elementary school students. During November 2012, participants kept a log of the number of pages they read and reported their totals to teachers at the end of the month. Over the past three years, the reading program has grown from just 20 participants at one school to more than 400 at four local schools. This year's participants included Harder, Fairview and Burbank elementary schools and St. John Catholic School.

"We're so excited to see the number of participating schools and students continue to increase each year," says Assistant Athletics Director and Reading Program Coordinator Dawn Ellerbe. "We've made enormous strides in participation since 2010-11, our first year. We look forward to welcoming the Harder, Fairview, Burbank and St. John Catholic School students on January 12 to celebrate Reading Day. This program is something we look forward to each year and we could not be more proud of the participants."

As an incentive to read, participating students receive four tickets to Reading Day at Pioneer basketball on January 12, 2013, a Pioneer Pride t-shirt and a new book courtesy of the Pioneer Bookstore, a reading program partner. The students in attendance will also be recognized during half-time of the basketball games and the top readers from each school and the school with the most pages read will all receive awards for their achievements.

For more information about the Read with the Pioneers Program or to register your school for next year, contact Dawn Ellerbe at

2012-13 Read with the Pioneers Program Award Winners:

Burbank Elementary School: 66,716 pages

Top Readers:

Burbank Elementary School
Rachelle Coto Zamudio, 2nd grade: 4,421 pages
Ian Moran, 4th grade: 1,354 pages

Fairview Elementary School
Pedro Espinoza, 5th grade: 2,472 pages
Jada Prince, 2nd grade: 1,022 pages

Harder Elementary School
Jayden Jones, 6th grade: 2,025 pages
Ana Imperial, 4th grade: 1,262 pages

St. John Catholic School
Gurpinder Singh, 6th grade: 18,709 pages
Nicole Mendonca, 3rd grade: 11,982 pages

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