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At Bat in our Community

The Phillie Phanatic is the star of ten children's books and as a result has helped turn his love of reading into the exciting Be a Phanatic About Reading literacy program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program, presented by Comcast, was created to encourage children to improve their literacy skills by reading for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. In 2013/14 the program enrolled over 75,000 students and the Phanatic hopes that students will keep reading this summer and be back and reading with him when the school year starts in September!

For information on how your classroom can be a part of Be a Phanatic About Reading, email fandev@phillies.com.

Program Structure

The program is divided into two levels: one for children in grades K through 3 and the other for grades 4 through 8. Children will be asked to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day reading whatever book they select. Younger children will be given Phanatic coloring sheets to color in once they have attained their goal while older children will be asked to record the book they read and write a few sentences on their favorite part of the book. The Phillie Phanatic will make a special visit to the top performing schools. To qualify for a Phanatic visit, children will report their progress to their teachers who in turn will tell the Phillies how the children have done in their reading endeavors. From that progress report, schools will be selected for a school visit.

Upon registration classrooms receive:
  • Rules of the Be a Phanatic About Reading Program
  • Be a Phanatic About Reading Bookmarks
  • Coloring sheets for the younger children, writing sheets for the older children
  • Evaluation form for the teacher
  • Most Improved and Most Outstanding Reader nomination forms
  • A favorite book nomination form for all students

In 2014/15 the Be a Phanatic About Reading program is going to be better than ever and the Phanatic does not want you or your students to miss out on the fun. For information on how to register, e-mail fandev@phillies.com or call 215-463-1000.

Your classroom could win a special visit from the Phillie Phanatic

Classrooms have the opportunity to win a special visit from the Phillie Phanatic. To qualify for a Phanatic visit, children will report their progress to their teachers who in turn will tell the Phillies how the children have done in their reading endeavors. From that progress report, the top performing classrooms/schools will be selected for a Phanatic visit. Visits will be scheduled between January and May.

Reading Night at the Ballpark

The Phillies celebrated literacy during the Friday, May 30 Be a Phanatic About Reading Literacy Night presented by Comcast. On this night, the Most Outstanding and Most Improved Readers in the programs were honored.

MOST OUSTANDING READERS
  • Cecelia Bay, Woodbury Heights Elementary School (Woodbury Heights, NJ)
  • Griffin Bush, Glenolden School (Glenolden, PA)
  • Tiffany Dang, Davenport Elementary School (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
  • Briana Bradley, Thurgood Marshall Elementary (Newark, DE)
  • Hieu Nguyen, Visitation BVM School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Gia McCusker, Stephen Decatur School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Terrell Harper Davis, Evans Elementary School (Yeadon, PA)
  • Milica Dukova, Ocean City Intermediate School (Ocean City, NJ)
  • Colton Long, Lingle Avenue Elementary School (Palmyra, PA)
  • Bret Armstrong, Linden Hill School (Wilmington, DE)
MOST IMPROVED READERS
  • Sabrina Davila, Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yakeir M., Alexander Adaire Elementary School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Palmer Delaney, Mary C. Howse Elementary School (West Chester, PA)
  • Khashia Owens, Beeber Middle School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Cloe Stadelmaier, Royersford Elementary School (Royersford, PA)
  • Michael King, Dr. Albert M. Bean School (Pine Hill, NJ)
  • Lesha Karaba, Copper Beech Elementary School (Glenside, PA)
  • Nathan Cornell, Clara Barton School (Levittown, PA)

Students, teachers and their families participating in the program received a special $6 discount off of tickets $38 and below.

PHANATIC BOOK

That night, fans 14 and under received a copy of the Phanatic's newest book "The Phillie Phanatic's One-Man Band".

The book details how the Phillie Phanatic and his musical friends came to the rescue to keep the Phillies and their fans rockin' and rollin' during another memorable night at the ballpark.

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BOOK DONATIONS

At every gate, the Phillies collected hundreds of new and gently used books to benefit PHILADELPHIA READS.

Due to the musical theme of the book, the Phanatic invited non-profit Musicopia to the game to perform at the entrance gates and on-field prior to the game. Additionally, two Musicopia Schools received guitars for their music program courtesy of Fender Musical Instruments.

Teacher Testimonials

This program has been terrific for reluctant readers. It has been especially rewarding for students that were not motivated readers. It has been rewarding to watch these young readers become more fluent readers.

I used the reading program as an incentive to motivate my students to read. The program was just, simply, fun! Everyone loves the Phanatic and anything to do with him.

I have used the program since September. My students have actively kept the reading log to show their reading. Thank you very much. I will look forward to doing this awesome program again next year.

I would like to commend you and the Phillies organization for taking part in such an important area of student development. As a Reading Specialist, I am thrilled to see organizations that kids so passionately care for develop programs to encourage the whole child! I am equally as impressed with the knowledge of reading research that is included in your letter.

Thank you for providing my class with this opportunity. They are really enjoying the challenge. I am proud to see that I am seeing many of my students showing a greater interest in reading.

Participating School Districts

If you don't see your School District, enroll your school and your district will be added to the list!

  • Abington
  • Absecon
  • Allentown
  • Allentown City
  • Annville Cleona
  • Appoquinimink
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Atlantic City
  • Avon Grove
  • Bangor Area
  • Barnegat Township
  • Barrington
  • Bellmawr
  • Bensalem Township
  • Berlin Township
  • Bethlehem Area
  • Blue Mountain
  • Blue Ridge
  • Boyertown Area
  • Brandywine
  • Brandywine Heights
  • Bridgeton
  • Brigantine
  • Bristol Borough
  • Bristol Township
  • Brooklawn
  • Buena
  • Burlington
  • Burlington City
  • Burlington County Special Services
  • Caesar Rodney
  • Camden City
  • Cape Henlopen
  • Capital
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Charter
  • Cherry Hill
  • Chester-Upland
  • Chichester
  • Christina
  • Clark County
  • Coatesville Area
  • Cocalico
  • Collingswood
  • Colonial
  • Colonial (Delaware)
  • Conestoga Valley
  • Conrad Weiser
  • Cornwall Lebanon
  • Council Rock
  • Crestwood
  • Cumberland Valley
  • Daniel Boone Area
  • Deerfield Township
  • Delran
  • Dennis Township
  • Deptford Township
  • Derry Township
  • Diocese of Allentown
  • Diocese of Camden
  • Diocese of Harrisburg
  • Diocese of Trenton
  • Diocese of Wilmington
  • Downingtown Area
  • East Greenwich Township
  • East Penn
  • East Windsor
  • Eastern Lebanon County
  • Easton Area
  • Edgewater Park
  • Egg Harbor Township
  • Evesham Township
  • Ewing Public Schools
  • Exeter Township
  • Flemington-Raritan
  • Florence Township
  • Franklin Township
  • Galloway Township
  • Garnet Valley
  • Gateway
  • Gibbsboro
  • Glassboro
  • Gloucester City
  • Gloucester Township
  • Governor Mifflin
  • Great Valley
  • Greenwich Township
  • Haddon Township
  • Haddonfield
  • Hamilton Township
  • Hammonton
  • Harrison Township
  • Hatboro-Horsham
  • Haverford
  • Havertown
  • Hazleton Area
  • Hempfield
  • Hinkletown Mennonite
  • Hopewell Township
  • Interboro
  • Jim Thorpe Area
  • Kennett Consolidated
  • Keystone Central
  • Kutztown Area
  • Lacey Township
  • Lake Forest
  • Lakeland
  • Lake-Lehman
  • Lancaster
  • Lawnside
  • Lawrence Township
  • Lebanon
  • Lehighton
  • Lindenwold
  • Logan Township
  • Lower Alloways Creek
  • Lower Cape May Regional
  • Lower Merion
  • Lower Moreland
  • Lower Township
  • Magnolia
  • Mahanoy Area
  • Manheim Township
  • Mantua
  • Maple Shade
  • Marple Newtown
  • Medford Township
  • Methacton
  • Millersburg Area
  • Millville
  • Milton Hershey
  • Monroe Township
  • Moorestown
  • Mount Carmel Area
  • Mount Holly
  • Mullica Township
  • National Park
  • Neshaminy
  • New Brunswick
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Newport
  • Norristown Area
  • North Penn
  • North Pocono
  • Northampton Area
  • Northwestern Lehigh
  • Oaklyn
  • Ocean City
  • Octorara Area
  • Oldmans Township
  • Oxford Area
  • Palisades
  • Palmerton Area
  • Palmyra Area
  • Parkland
  • Paterson
  • Paulsboro
  • Pemberton
  • Pemberton Township
  • Penn Delco
  • Penn Manor
  • Pennridge
  • Penns Grove - Carneys Point
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • Pennsville
  • Perkiomen Valley
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenixville Area
  • Pine Hill
  • Pitman
  • Pittsgrove
  • Pottsgrove
  • Pottstown
  • Private
  • Quakertown
  • Radnor Township
  • Reading
  • Red Clay Consolidated
  • Ridley
  • Riverside
  • Rose Tree Media
  • Runnemede
  • Saucon Valley
  • Schuylkill Valley
  • Shamokin
  • Shamong Township
  • Shikellamy
  • Shippensburg
  • Smyrna
  • Somerdale
  • Souderton Area
  • Southampton
  • Southeast Delco
  • Southern Columbia Area
  • Southern Lehigh
  • Spring Ford Area
  • Springfield
  • Springfield Township
  • Saint Clair Area
  • State College Area
  • Stratford
  • Swedesboro-Woolwich
  • Toms River
  • Tredyffrin Easttown
  • Trenton
  • Trenton of Diocese
  • Tri-Valley
  • Twin Valley
  • Unionville Chadds Ford
  • Upper Darby
  • Upper Deerfield Township
  • Upper Dublin
  • Upper Merion Area
  • Upper Moreland
  • Upper Perkiomen
  • Upper Township
  • Valley View
  • Vineland
  • Voorhees Township
  • Washington Township
  • Waterford Township
  • Wayne Highlands
  • Wenonah
  • West Chester Area
  • Wildwood
  • Wilkes Barre Area
  • William Penn
  • Williams Valley
  • Willingboro
  • Wilson Area
  • Winslow Township
  • Wissahickon
  • Woodbury Public Schools
  • Woodlynne
  • Wyomissing Area

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Information

To learn how to enroll your school in the 2014/15 Be a Phanatic About Reading program presented by Comcast email fandev@phillies.com or call 215-463-1000.