Big Red’s Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids to read during summer break

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – One way to beat the summer heat is by reading a book. It turns out WKU mascot Big Red is a big reader!

Big Red’s Summer Reading Challenge encourages 1st through 8th grade students to read books during their vacation.

The amount of books varies depending on the grade and reading level. 1st & 2nd grade students will discuss their 3 favorite books. 3rd, 4th & 5th graders will log their 5 favorite books. 6th, 7th & 8th graders will read 5 chapter books.

The WKU Athletics Department says they are excited to bring the challenge to the community.

“I know our student athletes strive to also perform in the classroom as well as they do on the court or the field. So we kind of want to show kids that drive and dedication in their own lives and so they can see the importance of it and say, ‘Hey, here at WKU Athletics, we’re supporting you and your educational growth,'” Audrey Griffin, Graduate Assistant with the Athletics Department says.

Students who complete their reading goals for the summer can turn in their journals electronically, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office or at their school during the first week of classes to receive 2 free WKU football tickets for any game this season.

Submissions will be accepted starting July 1st until August 18th.