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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Chris Cooley read and shared pizza with more than 100 third-graders at Glenridge Elementary School on Tuesday, April 16.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Chris Cooley read and shared pizza with more than 100 third-graders at Glenridge Elementary School on Tuesday, April 16.

Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation linked up with NRG Energy to host the “Power to Read Pizza Party” on Tuesday, April 16, at Glenridge Elementary School.

For their commitment to reading during the past school year, more than 100 third –grade students had a chance to meet the Redskins’ legendary tight end, Chris Cooley. Cooley even read books with the students.

Throughout the 2012 football season, these students, as well as others throughout metropolitan area schools, participated in the “Redskins Read Book Challenge.” Each student who read 10 or more books during this time period was nominated by a teacher or parent to earn a reading certificate.

Glenridge Elementary School boasted the most participants in the challenge. Glenridge students also read the most books of all of the schools involved in the program.

“Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work,” said Manny Rodriguez, NRG vice president of Sponsorships, Events and Charitable Giving. “We are excited to be part of this vital program, and are committed to working with the Redskins to promote literacy within the community.”

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation promotes literacy and supports youth development. The organization has delivered more than 1.5 million Redskins Read Activity Books throughout the region. The foundation also has sponsored numerous book drives and assembled player reading appearances to encourage young readers to expand their horizons.

“We are committed to working with the Redskins and are excited about this opportunity to celebrate our students, and the reading they have done this year,” said Paddy Gordon, Glenridge Elementary School reading specialist. “This is a wonderful example of a community partnership that promotes literacy.”

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