January 4, 2012
Six Flags Offers Free Tickets to Students to Promote Literacy
2012 'Read to Succeed' Registration Now Open for K-6 Teachers and Students
Six Flags Great Adventure and Discovery Education are partnering together to offer free admission to the New Jersey theme park for K-6 students who participate in Read to Succeed, an online program geared to encourage students to read outside of the classroom.
Students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading, such as picture books, newspapers, comic books, novels and nonfiction materials, are eligible to earn a free admission ticket. Teachers with 10 or more students who participate in and complete the program are also eligible to earn a free ticket. Read to Succeed registration is now open for all schools online at http://discoveryeducation.com/readtosucceed.
“Last year, 1,600 schools and nearly 110,000 students throughout the tri-state area participated in this program,” said Park President John Fitzgerald. “We aim to increase participation in 2012 by encouraging more teachers to register their classrooms and help foster a passion for reading among today’s students.”
Discovery Education packs the Read to Succeed website full of classroom and at-home resources which focus on extending that passion beyond the classroom. Suggested reading lists combined with puzzles, lesson plans and multimedia resources help increase student engagement as the books' themes and concepts spring to life. At home, parents can extend learning with activities that incorporate and build upon classroom reading themes.
The registration deadline is March 1. Teachers are highly encouraged to register as soon as possible to provide their students with enough time to complete the required six hours of reading. To help teachers better understand the new features and updates to the Read to Succeed program, including how to register and submit student reading hours, a free webinar is available online January 10 at http://readtosucceed.discoveryeducation.com/. Archived information is also available at any time.
For more information or to register for the Read to Succeed program, visit http://discoveryeducation.com/readtosucceed.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with approximately $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications DISCA revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.