"Reading at the Top of Their Game" Wins Collier County Students Free Trip to Miami Heat-Memphis Grizzlies Showdown

Classes Use Achieve3000 to "Heat Up" Reading Scores, Build Critical Literacy Skills

NAPLES, Fla. – Feb. 25, 2013 – Three triumphant classes from Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) will be in the stands watching the action when the reigning NBA champion the Miami Heat take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, March 1 at American Airlines Arena. Inspired by Heat star LeBron James and his teammates, who publicly tout their reading lists at post-game press conferences, CCPS eighth, ninth, and tenth graders read at the top of their game to win this special trip to Miami for a potential preview of the NBA Finals.

In a competition that started in January, CCPS students used Achieve3000®, a personalized, online learning program, to build their literacy skills. The winning classes demonstrated the most progress toward meeting or exceeding grade-level reading standards, earning them tickets to the much-anticipated NBA matchup, along with access to pre-game warm-ups, dinner at the game, and the opportunity to shoot post-game free throws on the Heat’s home court.

What:

Meet the Winning Students and Their Teachers

When:

Friday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.

Where:

Collier County Public Schools

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center

5775 Osceola Drive

Naples, Fla. 34109

Interview

Opportunities:

Students and Teachers: Students will be available to discuss their achievements; how athletes, such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are inspiring them to read; and, of course, the big game. Collier County Public Schools teachers and administrators will also be available.

Representatives from Achieve3000 will be on hand as well to talk about how these dedicated students were able to achieve exceptional results with the online program.

Contact:

Kay Lindenberg at (773) 909-9649 or klindenberg@lwolfe.com

About Achieve3000

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving more than one million students across the United States. The company’s web-based literacy solutions are proven to increase reading comprehension and fluency, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12, and also for adult learners. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000 solutions deliver engaging, nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, special education and other instructional models. KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8), Empower3000™ (for grades 9-12) and Spark3000® (for adult learners) are aligned with Common Core State Standards for English language arts as well as individual state standards. Achieve3000 supports 21st century education initiatives across content areas and is raising student performance across the country. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at http://www.achieve3000.com or call 888-968-6822.

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