Contest Challenges Students to Read More - 8 News NOW

Contest Challenges Students to Read More

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LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of Las Vegas school kids came and danced at the Thomas and Mack Center this week. 8 News NOW's Sherry Swensk was there, along with several mascots, including UNLV's Hey Reb.

"I think it was awesome, because I got to see a whole bunch of crazy characters," said fourth grader Kendra Kesterson.

Thomas and Mack hosted the Third Annual Rebel Reading Challenge. UNLV and the Clark County School District challenged 6,500 4th and 5th graders to read as much as possible in 30 days.

"The event was wonderful. It was a great opportunity to get the kids excited and motivated about reading," said teacher Margaret Loveall.

Last year, students read more than 2.3 million pages. This year's winners will receive a pizza party and tickets to a Runnin' Rebels home game.

Despite the theatrics, many kids say they received the serious message about reading.

"I think it's going to be great. Like they said, you read, you know. You read, you grow," said student Reginald Johnson.

"Reading is very important, because no matter what you do, you're going to be reading something, especially in math. You're going to be reading the directions and the math problems," Kesterson said.

UNLV Athletics teamed with SuperPawn, which paid to bring the kids to Thomas and Mack Center, and Spread the Word Nevada which provides the books to the students.

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