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Panthers roar at annual ‘Reading Spectacular’

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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Linebacker Thomas Davis slaps hands with Albemarle Road Elementary students as he is introduced during his team’s 12th annual Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular at the Grady Cole Center on Thursday. Fourteen-hundred elementary students from Albemarle Road Elementary School enjoyed Panthers players, TopCats cheerleaders and team staff promoting the fun, excitement and importance of reading. The event was based on a Dr. Seuss theme, in honor of the famous author’s birthday, which is this Sunday. Albemarle Road Elementary was selected for the program through an essay contest sponsored by Classroom Central, in which teachers were encouraged to submit stories sharing how Classroom Central has benefited their students. Jessica Kilbride, a third grade teacher at the school, submitted the winning essay.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Albemarle Road Elementary Principal Tyler Ream is sprayed by Thing 1 and Thing 2 during the Carolina Panthers' 12th annual Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular at the Grady Cole Center on February 27, 2014. Fourteen-hundred elementary students from Albemarle Road Elementary School experienced Panthers players, TopCats cheerleaders and staff promoting the fun, excitement and importance of reading. The event was based on a Dr. Seuss theme, in honor of the children's author birthday on March 2. Albemarle Road Elementary was selected for the program through an essay contest sponsored by Classroom Central, in which teachers were encouraged to submit stories sharing how Classroom Central has benefited their students. Jessica Kilbride, a third grade teacher at the school, submitted the winning essay.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Thomas Davis (58) and Graham Gano (9) read to Albemarle Road Elementary students during the Carolina Panthers' 12th annual Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular at the Grady Cole Center on February 27, 2014. Fourteen-hundred elementary students from Albemarle Road Elementary School experienced Panthers players, TopCats cheerleaders and staff promoting the fun, excitement and importance of reading. The event was based on a Dr. Seuss theme, in honor of the children's author birthday on March 2. Albemarle Road Elementary was selected for the program through an essay contest sponsored by Classroom Central, in which teachers were encouraged to submit stories sharing how Classroom Central has benefited their students. Jessica Kilbride, a third grade teacher at the school, submitted the winning essay.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Albemarle Road Elementary Principal Tyler Ream glances over at Carolina Panthers' Sir Purr while doing push-ups during the Carolina Panthers' 12th annual Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular at the Grady Cole Center on February 27, 2014. Fourteen-hundred elementary students from Albemarle Road Elementary School experienced Panthers players, TopCats cheerleaders and staff promoting the fun, excitement and importance of reading. The event was based on a Dr. Seuss theme, in honor of the children's author birthday on March 2. Albemarle Road Elementary was selected for the program through an essay contest sponsored by Classroom Central, in which teachers were encouraged to submit stories sharing how Classroom Central has benefited their students. Jessica Kilbride, a third grade teacher at the school, submitted the winning essay.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Graham Gano (9) glances over to teammate Thomas Davis (while reading to Albemarle Road Elementary students during the Carolina Panthers' 12th annual Carolina Panthers Reading Spectacular at the Grady Cole Center on February 27, 2014. Fourteen-hundred elementary students from Albemarle Road Elementary School experienced Panthers players, TopCats cheerleaders and staff promoting the fun, excitement and importance of reading. The event was based on a Dr. Seuss theme, in honor of the children's author birthday on March 2. Albemarle Road Elementary was selected for the program through an essay contest sponsored by Classroom Central, in which teachers were encouraged to submit stories sharing how Classroom Central has benefited their students. Jessica Kilbride, a third grade teacher at the school, submitted the winning essay.

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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