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UNLV athletes motivating young students to read

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Almost 7,000 Clark County School District students are hitting the books for the Fourth Annual Rebel Reading Challenge at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

SuperPawn and UNLV Athletics are teaming up with the Clark County School District to bring together fourth and fifth grade students from 37 valley schools.

The kickoff celebration starts at 10:30 a.m. and will feature a basketball game between two elected officials. UNLV President Neal Smatresk and CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones will go head-to-head in a friendly game of hoops. The event launches the Rebel Reading Challenge, a 30-day reading competition designed to motivate students to read. The winning classrooms will get free tickets to a Runnin' Rebels basketball game and a free pizza party.

There will be no shortage of books, as Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit dedicated to literacy, is providing each student with a page turner.

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