Getting kids to read what's assigned to them in school is sometimes a nightmare for parents, but getting them to read on their own can be absolutely impossible. As the kids see it, there are so many better ways to spend their free time: playing with friends, watching TV, or just sitting around. What's a school to do?
Call in the Orioles, of course.
For the past three years, the Orioles' organization has been "adopting" elementary schools in Baltimore to get children excited about reading. Each year the team has adopted one school, usually chosen in conjunction with the city school board, and this year's school is Sinclair Lane in East Baltimore.
Representatives from the team come to the school and present the students with an adoption certificate, beginning the year-long period of adoption. The school is presented with $500, 50 tickets to future games, videos for the school library and the opportunity to use Orioles players for school activities.