MTA Boston Red Sox Reading Game is under way for 2011

Any student in kindergarten through eighth grade can enter the contest by pledging to read nine books over the summer — one for each position on the baseball field — and listing them on an entry form that is then signed by a parent or guardian and sent to the MTA by July 15. After all of the forms are in, a drawing is held, and 100 students — along with their teachers — win tickets to Fenway Park for a Sox game in September. Five grand prize winners have the chance to step out onto the field for special recognition. Wally and Jason Varitek

Once again this year, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has agreed to serve as the spokesman for the contest. He is also appearing on reading game posters and entry forms, which will arrive by the thousands at schools across the Commonwealth in the days ahead.

“You’ve got to read to learn,” Varitek remarked. “It really is the key to success for every child.”

“Our company and our employees are proud to support the MTA Red Sox Reading Game for the fourth consecutive year,” said Jennifer Luisa, assistant vice president of corporate community relations for program sponsor, The Hanover Insurance Group. “This program fits well with our foundation’s mission — to support a wide range of needs in our home
communities, with a special emphasis on the issues of education and youth.”

To enter the MTA Red Sox Reading Game, please send in one of the forms that are being mailed to kindergarten-through-eighth-grade schools in May or download an entry form from the MTA’s Reading Matters website,

Contest entries must be postmarked by July 15.

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