Eight campuses have advanced to the next round in the NCAA’s Read to the Final Four® contest for Dallas Independent School District third-graders. The bracket style tournament mimics the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament schedule, with schools advancing based on how many minutes students read outside school hours.
Since November, third-graders from across the district have been counting the number of minutes they read each day. The Elite 8 advanced from the Sweet 16 round. Each Elite 8 campus will receive $500 for the school library, a pizza party for the top classroom, a gift card for the top teacher, and NCAA Women’s Final Four t-shirts for all third graders.
The grand prize winner will be named the NCAA Read to the Final Four Champion on Friday, March 31. That campus will receive a library makeover valued at $2,000, Amazon Echo speakers for students in the top classroom, along with a $1,000 gift card for the class. Additionally, the teacher of the top classroom will receive a laptop or tablet.
The NCAA will also recognize Dallas ISD’s top reader. The student who read the most minutes in the program will receive two tickets to the NCAA Women’s Final Four, and a NCAA Women’s Final Four floor piece.
The Elite 8 will now compete to make the Final Four, which will be announced Wednesday, March 1.
The following is a list of the Elite 8 campuses:
Arturo Salazar Elementary School
Pleasant Grove Elementary School
Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School
José “Joe” May Elementary School
Gilbert Cuellar, Sr. Elementary School
T.G. Terry Elementary School
Jill Stone Elementary School
Highland Meadows Elementary