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TPS, USA BMX partner up to promote literacy

Posted at 10:07 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 11:07:11-04

TULSA — The USA BMX and Tulsa Public Schools are partnering to get kids reading.

It's the first time that Bell Elementary School rolled out a literacy campaign that rewarded the top reader with a brand new BMX bike.

Third grader Jose Orozco received his first bike ever on stage Monday morning.

Orozco earned it by reading 48 books - which means he read more than 1,300 minutes during March.

12 other students from Pre-K through fifth grade also received some prizes from Sand Springs BMX.

The riding community partners up with area schools to give kids an incentive to read.

With Tulsa being the future location of the BMX headquarters, officials hope to reach potential future riders - a bike and book at a time.

"We want more kids on bikes at the end of the day," said Rob Gardenhire, USA BMX Chief Marketing Officer. "Any way that we can introduce them to a new concept through education whether it be stem education or reading literacy, we're just so excited to be able to impact our communities."

The reading program was offered to more than 500 kids at Bell Elementary, but only the ones who read rhe most books received a prize.

The principal's secretary said they plan to continue their literacy campaign and team up with USA BMX.

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