What We Do
Cocky's Reading Express™ is the University of South Carolina’s literacy outreach program. 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 second grade because research shows that if children acquire strong reading skills and a love of reading by the end of second grade they are more likely to succeed academically and graduate on time. Our priority is reaching students in under served public schools.
All the children are given a book to take home, a reminder of their visit from Cocky and the USC students. The USC students know they are making reading fun — one Gamecock at a time.
Friday, January 26 - Kershaw County
1 p.m. - Wateree Elementary
Wednesday, January 31 – Family Literacy Night - Dorchester County
6 p.m. - Harleyville Elementary
Tuesday, February 20 - Family Literacy Night - Fairfield County
6 p.m. - Kelly Miller Elementary
Wednesday, February 28 – Family Literacy Night - Calhoun County
6 p.m. - Sandy Run School
Friday, March 2 - Lexington County
1 p.m. – Fort Ponds Elementary
Thursday, April 12 - SC Read-In – Statehouse
9:30 a.m. – Meet at SCCCBL
*Dates subject to change.
Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Join us for a couple of hours or an entire day. It’s up to you! Email Christine Shelek for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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