Metro Kids Hit the Books

Some heartland elementary students launched their Hit the Books reading incentive program Friday with an assist from the Omaha Storm Chasers Mascot.

He paid a visit to the kids at King Elementary.

For two months, students will get prizes like bookmarks and magnets when they reach their reading goals. The grand-slam prize is a trip to a baseball game on April 4.

School administrators say the program helps make learning fun.

King’s Genevive Core said, "It really gets them revved up to reach that next goal that they might have in their classroom just increasing their reading awareness, and phonic skills, comprehension, and it's just a really good way to motivate the students."

Dozens of schools throughout Omaha will participate in the program. It officially begins in February.

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