MEAC Partners with City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Schools to Host the 2015 Read with MEac through Achieve3000 Event < All News
Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORFOLK, Va., January 29, 2015 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has partnered with the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Schools to sponsor the Read with MEac community reading program. The Read with MEac program, now in its seventh year, was created by the MEAC’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) to promote the love of reading. In Norfolk, the Read with MEac program will encourage Norfolk Public Schools students to read and participate in activities online via Achieve3000 from December 15, 2014-January 30, 2015. This year’s program will focus on third-grade students from participating Norfolk public schools. Participating schools’ reading progress will be monitored through the Achieve3000 program. Each participating school will receive Read with MEac posters to be posted in their classrooms or hallways. The top-ten male and top-ten female readers in Norfolk Public Schools will have the opportunity to serve as ball boys/girls for one game during the tournament week (March 9-March 14) and take part in a reception for them and their parents, teachers and principals. Students must complete at least eight (8) Achieve3000 activities with an average of above 75 percent. The top-ten male and top-ten female readers in Norfolk Public Schools will be recognized by the Commissioner, Norfolk Superintendent or representative, and the Chair of the Senior Woman Administrators Association during halftime of the game on Wednesday evening (March 11). Norfolk Public Schools third-grade classes that log in the most qualifying points on Achieve3000 will win prizes - $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $500 for third place. The third-grade classroom that logs the most qualifying points will win $1,000. Should there be any questions or comments, you may email MEAC contact Sonja Stills, Associate Commissioner for Administration & Compliance/SWA at You may also contact Elizabeth Thiel Mather, Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations for Norfolk Public Schools,

About the MEAC Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament The MEAC Men and Women’s Basketball Tournament is a single elimination championship playoff that involves Division I historically black colleges and universities located across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, and South Carolina State. The tournament is played at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Virginia. Both the men’s and women’s champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

About Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk, Virginia is a city of some 242,803 residents and more than 100 diverse neighborhoods. It is the cultural, educational, business and medical center of Hampton Roads, hosts the world's largest naval base, the region's international airport and is one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast of the United States. The city is undergoing a successful renewal, including new office, retail, entertainment and new residential development along the rivers and bay front, and revitalization projects in many of its neighborhoods. Norfolk's residents and city officials have long supported sports programs at all levels.

Media Contact:

Patricia L. Porter, Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 757-951-2055 (phone), (email)

Sonja Stills, Sr. Associate Commissioner Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 757-951-2055 (phone), (email)

Elizabeth Thiel Mather, Senior Director of Communications and Public Relations Norfolk Public Schools

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