California kids now have one more incentive to tackle their summer reading lists.
Building on the success of the past four years, the California State Fair and its new carnival operator, Butler Amusements, will continue with the popular literacy program that rewards youth for reading books.
How it works
The Read to Ride program is simple: read three books, get three free ride tickets. Any California student in kindergarten through eighth grade can read any three books of their choice and fill out a summary report form. (Children in grade 1 or below are allowed to draw pictures instead.) After receiving approval from a teacher, parent or guardian, they simply bring the completed report form to Guest Services at the state fair and receive three free midway ride passes.
“The state fair has always been a haven for families seeking wholesome, affordable entertainment. With discretionary income at an all time low, programs like this are especially important,” said state fair CEO and General Manager Norb Bartosik. “In addition, the Read to Ride program is the perfect way to encourage summer reading and highlight the back-to-school season.”
The Read to Ride program is open to all California children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The student must be present to redeem the ride tickets. Only one report form per child per day will be accepted. Each ticket is valued for one individual ride, and the tickets are good on most rides, but not all. Book report forms are available at any of the 29 branches of the Sacramento Public Library as well as on the Poppy Pals Club, http://www.bigfun.org/kids/poppypals/read_n_ride.asp, section of the state fair Web site www.bigfun.org. The forms will also be available at the Guest Services building during the 2009 State Fair which runs Aug. 21 to Sept. 7.
All ride height and safety requirements still apply.
The Read to Ride program is made possible by Butler Amusements. Additional sponsors include: Sacramento Public Libraries, Golden1 Credit Union, PennySaverUSA and Radio Disney.
For more information, visit our the California State Fair Web site at www.bigfun.org or call (916) 263-FAIR.