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Kids 'Get Booked' thanks to literacy program

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South Bend kids have even more incentive to read thanks to an annual program that encourages them to "Get Booked."

The program was started by City Council Vice President Derek Dieter and Better World Books while Dieter was a police officer.  Kids from Muessel, Marquette, and Tarkington schools will get free books to take home.  If they read five books and turn in reports for each one, they will get four day passes to the Kroc Center or four tickets to a Silver Hawks game.

"This is one of the best programs I have ever been associated with," said Dieter in a written release, "with kids calling to turn in book reports; their parents are excited to see their children reading."

Dieter spoke to kids at Tarkington School and recalled handing out books to kids out of his squad car, back when he was a police officer spearheading the program. Dieter also gave more of an incentive to the school who reads the most books -- that their class would win a trip to the game, and be on the field for the opening pitch.

This isn't the only literacy effort Dieter is involved in.  Over the past year Dieter passed out over 3,000 books working as an officer, and another 600 on St. Patrick's Day.

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