Tackle Reading: A Book & Movement to promote a love of literacy with a passion for football-a partnership supported by the NFL and NFLA ! Check out the 4th annual Tackle Reading event video!
Kathryn Starke, national urban literacy consultant and author, wrote Tackle Reading, a popular reading resource published by Creative Minds Publications. The book has motivational tips, engaging activities, and inspirational stories written by 45 contributing writers including NFL athletes. It’s used in teacher book clubs and PD across the country and nominated for the book list of Books Every Teacher Should Read.
To bring the book to life for children, Starke, a former inner-city elementary school teacher, partnered with fellow literacy leader and author Michelle Staubach Grimes to kick off the annual Tackle Reading day, held each March to celebrate Read Across America and national reading month. NFL athletes coast to coast spend the day reading to their local elementary schools. Thanks to corporate sponsorship and charitable giving, we are able to donate children’s books to classrooms across the country on this special day.
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How Anyone Can Participate in Tackle Reading Day:
1-Any school across the country can participate on #TackleReading day (next date: March 2, 2020) by implementing any of the following ideas (football themed books, making an edible stadium, etc.) from this educational link.
2-Any NFL athlete can join our team to serve as a guest reader by contacting the Community Relations department of your NFL team, NFL Alumni, or emailing Kathryn Starke, founder of Tackle Reading, at firstname.lastname@example.org
3-Any individual, business, or organization can sponsor a #TackleReading event in a local school of your choice and help give the gift of reading and books to children and classrooms.
4-Note: Tackle Reading assemblies, teacher PD, book club discounts, and family or community literacy events are available all year long at a discounted cost when using the code word: #TackleReading.
Email email@example.com to inquire and book for your school.
*Previous NFL Participation from the following teams: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins
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