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Bucks’ mascot encourages students to read more

River Trail - Bucks - Bango On September 28, students at River Trail School had a visit from Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango with an important message about reading more and improving reading skills. Bango showed off basketball moves and tricks and competed with students in a 3-point shootout, then awarded prizes to the winners. The visit was part of River Trail’s 2018–19 reading initiative, “Shoot for Success in Reading.”

After a game of “Bango Says” with students (the mascot’s own version of “Simon Says”), school staff revealed exciting prizes for students for reading books and for improving reading scores on assessments. Students were excited for the chance to play with Bango and are pumped up to read more this school year.

Many thanks to the Milwaukee Bucks, Bango, Milwaukee Bucks representative Ryan, and the staff of River Trail School for working to help students achieve. Improving reading is part of Interim Superintendent Keith P. Posley’s focus this year on reading, writing, and math, and aligns with Dr. Posley’s Five Priorities for Success:

Bango* Increasing academic achievement and accountability

* Improving district and school culture

* Developing our staff

* Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency

* Strengthening communication and collaboration

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