Six Flags launches children's literacy program

Posted Thursday, September 25, 2003 4:31 AM | Contributed by Chitown

Six Flags has launched its highly successful children's literacy program, Read to Succeed, for the 2003-04 school year. Six Flags theme parks will reward kids who read outside of the classroom. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee is one of the most active Read to Succeed parks, according to the company. Last year, Great America honored more students in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin through the literacy program than ever before. More than 373,000 students and teachers from almost 3,000 schools in the five states participated in Read to Succeed and earned 400,163 free tickets to the park.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:35 AM
Great. A further diminishing of the value of my season pass. :)

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:59 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar Wow. That is a lot of free tickets. That's a significant portion of their yearly attendance, isn't it?

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:10 AM
My mom is a Read-to-Succeed teacher. Teachers have to sign up to participate. Even though the school is participating doesnt mean every teacher is (which is a shame because it really isn't that much more work to get the kids free tickets to the park).
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:13 AM
Six Flags is notorious for "giving the gate away", as are most other chains and as well as other industries. You'd be shocked if you knew how many free passes movie theatres gave out (don't believe me? try this: after the movie, find a manager and tell him there were black scratches on the movie print... collect 2 free passes). Yes, the gate is a source of revenue, but whats more important is the money you spend in the park.

And besides, it's encouraging literacy.. hello.. mcfly? ... If it means that the generation thats going to be running the country when I'm older can actually read and write, I'm willing to pay that extra $5 for a season pass or whatever it breaks down to.

Yeah, it's sad we have to "reward" kids today to be literate, but if thats what it takes...... I'd rather them be spending a day at Six Flags than spray painting my car.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:05 AM
DawgByte II's avatar Hey, what's wrong with rewarding kids today to be literate? If you think about it, it's been going on for generations...

Remember "Book It"? They still have it, and they had it when I was a kid... giving out free personal pans of pizza for reading at Pizza Hut.

It's a good technique, and it's positive PR for Six Flags.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:48 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Am I the only one who, upon reading the headline, thought it was another ARN&R story? LOL!

mOOSH

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 9:01 AM
Giving away tickets to the K-6 set isn't as damaging as it might seem. There is at least one parent who has to buy a ticket, and they might be paying full freight.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 9:43 AM
I think that its great that the Six Flags park are giving tics to kids great Idea............. But the one six flags park that I live near needs to LAUNCH a (lets try to keep the restrooms cleaner.) And Control the Price Or Bottled water.....As you can tell.Im not a real Six Flags fan . I do hope that other parks are cleaner and bettered Staffed.The Six Flags exsperience is not a very injoyable one. here WHere I live .......
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:14 AM
You're not alone Moosh.
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:24 AM
Ah, Read to Succeed. It's great program. It gets kids who wouldn't normally read to read some, and rewards those who do. And, if it hasn't changed too much in the past six years, it's no little thing, either. When I did it, it required ten full hours of reading. I read voraciously back then (and am no slouch, now), but I had to pick up the pace a little in order get everything in.

I don't think it really hurts the parks, either. There are always adults who have to pay admission, plus whatever the family buys inside the park. And, to cap it off, it establishes a customer base. It's unlikely that I would have paid for the addmission to Great America for the past seven years if I hadn't gotten used to going for free for six.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:09 PM
Very nice- a nice inscentive to learning. I am proud of Six Flags about doing this. And, I'm not going to be mad about it, because it's a good community service.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 3:09 PM
What a great way to help kids learn. And as Brian said, a parent/parents, brothers/sisters and/or friends will still have to purchase tickets to get in. They will likely buy food and refreshments and maybe a T-shirt while inside the park, so the park really is not loosing out.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:37 PM
Read to Succeed's 600 minute reading program was what got me hooked on rollercoasters. I'm glad to see it still in existence (and growing)!
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:50 PM
I liked it when the crowds were low. I cant stand all this free ticket crap. Rethinking about a season pass next year or maybe I'll just go in May and early June and be done.
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 6:59 PM
ApolloAndy says:

"Wow. That is a lot of free tickets. That's a significant portion of their yearly attendance, isn't it?"

Based on a 3 million average attendance for SFGAm, this program would cover approximately 13.5% of their attendance.

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Friday, September 26, 2003 2:05 AM
SFGAMan

Get over it. It affects about 7 -10 days in the extreme end of July to extreme early August with crowds, because people in general are procrastinators, so they wait til the last second to visit.

Saying that you don't know if you're getting a season pass (which pays for itself in like, two visits) because of this makes little to no sense whatsoever...not to mention you're what, 14 years old? Do you even buy your pass anyway?

Whine, whine, whine. Please, get over it.

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Friday, September 26, 2003 4:36 AM
I actually do buy it. And after the huge crowds in August last year, I didn't even bother going again. I know people visit in July and August because they wait till the last minute and a lot of stuff goes on in June. None of my friends can ever go in June. And dont say that I whining. I just sick of all these free givaway stuff and even thoguh it may boost their attendance, the people dont like it. I heard a dad and his saying "lets go to raging... o my god!" due to the line.
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Friday, September 26, 2003 5:27 AM
Six flags is probably hoping that the kids with free passes will bring their parents in as well. It's a nice program for both parties if it works out.
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Friday, September 26, 2003 7:52 AM
Legendary, I dont know why you even bother chastising this person. Despite the screenname, its obvious to me that SFGAMan (along with several others) is just another enthusiast that has imbibed some 'Six Flags Hater-ade'(TM). Seriously, only a Six Flags park doing something like this would be ridiculed for 'diminishing the value of a season pass' by giving away free tickets. No one complained when Disney, Busch, Holiday World and PKI (to varying degrees) offered discounted and/or free admission to thier parks for military/first responders and their families. It's okay for those places to do something "socically responsible". But if a Six Flags park is doing it, it's just another way to screw the paying public. That is *Hateration* at its finest :)

lata, jeremy

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