NCAA to announce top “Read to Final Four” schools Monday at Clayton’s Haynie Elementary

"Read to Final Four" winners to be announced Monday at Hayne Elementary School, months ahead of April's Men's tournament at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
"Read to Final Four" winners to be announced Monday at Hayne Elementary School, months ahead of April's Men's tournament at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Credit: ATLANTA BASKETBALL HOST COMMITTEE

Credit: ATLANTA BASKETBALL HOST COMMITTEE

The NCAA will announce the top 68 metro Atlanta schools in its “Read to the Final Four” bracket competition Monday at B.C. Haynie Elementary School in Clayton County.

Two-time NCAA champion Grant Hill will reveal the winners at a 10 a.m. pep rally in the school’s gymnasium. Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley and Atlanta Basketball Host Committee Executive Director Carl Adkins will attend.

Third-graders at more than 360 schools in 20 counties across metro Atlanta have participated in the “Read to the Final Four” program ahead of the Men’s Championship Game set for April 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, organizers say.

“Read to the Final Four” uses a bracket-style competition similar to the basketball tournament to encourage the third-grade students to read.

“The main event is an engaging, bracket-style reading competition that uses a digital literacy platform to provide access to thousands of books and track time spent reading,” the NCAA says of the competition on its website.

Area students have read more than six million minutes combined since November, organizers said.

The top schools will win a field trip to Fan Fest at the Georgia World Congress Center and will be recognized in a special awards ceremony.