Read to the Final Four Arizona

The Legacy Initiative of the Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee
Engaging third grade students in 394 schools across the state

 Congratulations to CHAMPION SCHOOL, MARY C. O'BRIEN ELEMENTARY, and to all students and schools participating in this exciting event! Top-scoring Schools in each region and the schools attended by the Top 5 Individual Student Readers in each region are listed below. The ticker shows the total time all participating students logged reading on myON during the contest period. 





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South Region
  • Mary C O'Brien Elementary
  • Student winners
  • Mary C O'Brien Elementary
  • Mary C O'Brien Elementary
  • Mary C O'Brien Elementary
  • Mary C O'Brien Elementary
  • Mary C O'Brien Elementary
East Region
  • Arts Academy-Estrella Mountain
  • Student winners
  • Arts Academy-Estrella Mountain
  • Arts Academy-Estrella Mountain
  • Arts Academy-Estrella Mountain
  • Arts Academy-Estrella Mountain
  • Arts Academy-Estrella Mountain
North Region
  • Desert Mountain School
  • Student winners
  • Legend Springs Elementary School
  • Desert Mountain School
  • Sonoran Foothills School
  • Anthem School
  • Nadaburg Elementary School
West Region
  • Parkridge Elementary School
  • Student winners
  • Copperwood Elementary School
  • Frontier Elementary School
  • Parkridge Elementary School
  • Parkridge Elementary School
  • Frontier Elementary School
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Our overarching goal 

To inspire third grade students in all Arizona schools to accelerate their reading and increase achievement, using the excitement around the Final Four®​ to spike their interest. 

How the competition worked   

This literacy challenge was open to all third grade classes across the state. The competition was at the school level, based upon average time spent reading among third grade students.  

The three-month competition, which mimics the March Madness® bracket, allowed schools to advance in the competition by number of minutes read. Schools competed against each other and one school was crowned champion at Final Four® Friday on March 31, 2017.  Regional grouping of schools was determined by the local NCAA Final Four Organizing Committee.

In addition, individual students who were top readers as determined by their time spent reading on the myON platform also were recognized.  

All participating third grade classes are receiving: 

  • Unlimited, multi-user access to the myON personalized literacy environment containing over 5,500 digital books and literacy tools through August 31, 2017
  • Students are reading online on any web-enabled device and they can download books for offline reading using free mobile apps 
  • Flexible, FREE professional development options were offered both onsite or virtually, along with recorded videos and other resources, for all participating teachers  
  • Real-time data about reading activity and growth is available for all teachers – and visibility for students to their own data from their dashboards 
  • A warm-up period was provided for third graders to get familiar with myON and start accelerating their reading prior to the launch of the program on January 4, 2017

PLUS: Exclusive access to Read to the Final Four Bracket, much like NCAA March Madness® on Selection Sunday, where the leading 68 schools advanced into the competition bracket to win unique prizes 

Download our flyer for details.

Then check out these assists for grownups who are coaching and cheering their kids on as they Read to the Final Four and beyond! 

Family Zone  |  Teacher Locker Room

Program Partners

Students can keep reading with myON all summer long!

Visit the Teacher Locker Room  and Family Zone for tips and strategies to help them stay in the game and beat the summer slide!

We want to see how Arizona reads on myON this summer, so please send your tweets to @myONreader using #ArizonaReads

Literacy Challenge Timeline

  • Jan 4 – 24 : Tip-off
    All schools compete
  • Jan 25 – Feb 7 : Round 1
    Top 68 schools compete
  • Feb 8 – 21 : Round 2
    Top 32 schools compete
  • Feb 22 – Mar 7 : Sweet 16®
    Top 16 compete
  • Mar 8 – 21 : Elite 8®
    Top 8 schools compete
  • Mar 22 – 30 : Final Four
    Top 4 schools compete
  • March 31, 2017
    Champion announced at Final Four® Friday
  • August 31, 2017
    Access to myON through this program ends

Student Incentives

  1. All Participating Schools : Read to the Final Four wristbands
  2. Top 68 Schools:  Read to the Final Four pocket folder
  3. Top 32 Schools:  Read to the Final Four pencil and eraser
  4. Sweet 16 Schools:  Read to the Final Four drawstring bag
  5. Elite 8 Schools:  Read to the Final Four cup and notebook
  6. Final Four Schools:  Read to the Final Four tshirts + Championship field trip
  7. Champion : Monetary donation to winning school