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Panthers roar at annual ‘Reading Spectacular’

Charlotte’s NFL team held its 12th annual “Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular” at the Grady Cole Center on Thursday.

This year’s recipient school was Albemarle Road Elementary, the largest elementary school in the state, with 1400 students on a campus designed for 700.

The reason the event was been moved to Grady Cole is that the school does not have a space to accommodate its entire student body.

The Reading Spectacular was the first time the entire school has been together at once.·The school was selected by team partner Classroom Central via an essay contest submitted by teachers. Teachers shared stories as to how Classroom Central benefited their students. Albemarle Road’s essay was on how school supplies from Classroom Central made a difference in the life of one of its students.

The event had a Dr. Seuss theme in honor of the Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2.

Panthers players, TopCats cheerleaders and staff were on hand to promote the fun, excitement and importance of reading during the high-energy, interactive program. Part of the program included points on on living a healthy, active lifestyles for kids.

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