Georgia State women’s basketball team proudly recognized the Atlanta area middle and elementary school students who participated in the 2nd annual “Reading With Pounce” program at Sunday afternoon’s Feb. 15 home game.

Pounce, Georgia State’s mascot, challenged these students to read during their winter break from Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. A total of 1,423 students responded to the challenge and collectively read 778,038 pages during that time.

In that contest, the winning school among the 35 that participated was C. L. Gideons Elementary at 897 Welch Street, SW, in Atlanta. The nearly 600 students at that school read a combined 125,000 pages to win Pounce’s reading challenge. The school will be presented its champions plaque at Sunday’s 2 p.m. game at the Georgia State Sports Arena. Principal Armstead Salters and Darlene Dobbs, RWP coordinator, oversaw the program at Gideons Elementary and will represent the school on Sunday.

The second place school was Jolly Elementary at 1070 Otello Avenue in Clarkston (Decatur County) and the third place school was Ridgeview Charter Middle School (5340 South Trimble Road).

The highest individual reader overall and the highest reader from each of the 35 schools will be announced during the Sunday halftime presentation.

Individual prizes were given to top readers, including gift cards, t-shirts and autographed items. All readers got a keepsake “Reading With Pounce” bookmark to continue their reading development. Each student also got a free ticket voucher to attend this basketball game.

Georgia State began this reading program last year with L. P. Miles Elementary (4215 Bakers Ferry Road, SW) being the highest reading school in the inaugural year. The team will sign autographs for all the students after Sunday’s game.

Plans were made for Pounce and some members of the women’s basketball team to visit Gideons Elementary.  On Friday, March 3, three members of the team and Pounce made that promised visit to Gideons Elementary to meet with the students and present awards and congratulate the school for their efforts in winning the challenge.  Junior Brittany Graham, sophomore Chandra Harris and freshman Jylisa Williams represented the team along with Pounce the Panther mascot.