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Published On: January 19th, 2021

Grafton, WI – Gill’s Reading Challenge is back for 2021. This will be the seventh year of the program. Last year, over 15,000 kids from all over southeastern Wisconsin participated in the challenge.  With the Reading Challenge, the team hopes to increase literacy in schools and to get students of all ages excited about reading. The program is once again sponsored by Children’s Wisconsin. Gill’s Reading Challenge is a free program available to all schools in the area and can be completed whether schools are currently in-person or virtual. The challenge is intended for students in grades K-8 and last for four weeks. Schools have until May 1st to start their challenge. Gill’s Reading Challenge is also available for any public library within southeastern Wisconsin.

With this free program, teachers will have the ability to set students’ goals whether it is a set number of pages, number of chapters, or number of books read. If a student reaches their goal they will be rewarded with a ticket to a Lakeshore Chinooks game as well as a kids zone pass to Kapco Park, and a certificate of completion. The team will provide all the necessary materials for teachers, students, and parents.

Teachers and students who participate in the challenge are invited to join us for Gill’s Reading Challenge and Education Night on Monday, June 14th. Otherwise, schools can designate a certain home game date to make it their school’s reading challenge night at Kapco Park. Students will also be given an order form for family and friends to order additional tickets.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gill is currently unavailable to visit schools to kickoff school challenges.

For more information and to get your school or library’s challenge started, contact Miguel Betancourt at 262-618-4659 or by emailing

The Chinooks hope to get your school hooked on reading! So if you are a teacher and school faculty member, don’t wait, get your school enrolled today. If you are a parent, talk to your children’s teachers about this great free program.