Beaufort County students have read 47,000 books in two weeks as part of a reading program tied to the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing.
The program, "Plaid About Reading," has had its most successful year to date: more than 2,700 students from 11 schools read more than 47,000 books from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20, according to a news release.
This is the program's third year. Last year, 1,200 students from nine schools read more than 20,000 books.
Students are encouraged to read through prizes tied to the Heritage, such as visits by a PGA Tour professional golfer, tickets to the Heritage and money for schools.
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The results are:
- Okatie Elementary School students read the most books -- 16,983. Golfer Brian Gay and tournament mascot Sir Willie Innes will visit the school Tuesday. The school also won $500.
- Mrs. Hoghead's first-grade class at Okatie Elementary read the most books -- 1,764. They won $500 for their class.
- Six students read more books than any other student in their grade level, and won two daily grounds tickets to the tornament. They are Hilton Head Preparatory School kindergartner Maya Shimada, who read 270 books; Okatie Elementary first-grader Anna Andreoletti, who read 386; Hilton Head Island Elementary second-grader Brody Hoffman, who read 404; Hilton Head Prep third-grader Jack Gigante, who read 608; Hilton Head Elementary fourth-grader Bobby Laskowitz, who read 177; Bluffton Elementary fifth-grader Abbigal Rivera, who read 139 books.
The following schools also participated: Hilton Head Christian Academy, Michael C. Riley Elementary, Lady's Island Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, Sea Pines Montessori, St. Francis Catholic and Whale Branch Elementary schools.