Cocky’s Reading Express

Get Involved with Cocky’s Reading Express!

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LISSA Members at CockyTales, CRE’s 10 Year Celebration, November 2015

Cocky’s Reading Express™ is a collaboration of the University of South Carolina Student Government and the University’s School of Library and Information Science.

Ashley Woodruff and Lindsay Rogillio with Cocky

Ashley Woodruff and Lindsay Rogillio with Cocky

USC students travel the state with their friend, Cocky, visiting elementary schools across South Carolina. The students read to the children, and Cocky helps the children understand the importance of life-long reading.

The program primarily serves students in 4K through third grade because research shows that if children acquire strong reading skills and a love of reading by the end of third grade, they are more likely to succeed academically and graduate on time. Our priority is reaching students in underserved public schools.

All the children are given books to take home, reminders of their visit from Cocky and the USC students. The USC students know they are making reading fun—one Gamecock at a time.

Meg Coker at the SC Read In

If you would like to help out or to obtain further information, please contact:

Christine Shelek
Coordinator, Cocky’s Reading Express
South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy
christineshelek[at]sc[dot]edu

Visit CRE’s Facebook Page: Cocky s Reading Express