Dion’s, the Albuquerque Isotopes and the State of New Mexico are proud to honor this year’s Club Read winners at the Isotopes game on Friday, August 11th. The four grand prize winners are: Luis Bustamante, Emma Babb, Sydney Lovato, and Raine Hill. In order for students to be eligible for the grand prize, they must have turned in two completed scorecards by reading at least 12 books over the summer.
Luis is excited to begin first grade at Manzano Mesa Elementary School in Albuquerque and learn more about science, his favorite subject in school. He loves reading because he likes to “find out what’s going to happen to the characters.” His favorite books right now are the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, which he read all summer. One of his favorite pastimes is finding bugs and lizards with his best friend, William.
Emma is a third grader at Inez Elementary in Albuquerque. She loves learning through reading books, and particularly enjoys chapter book novels. She said that she reads “A lot of minutes every day.” Her favorite book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Besides reading, Sydney, a first grader at Monte Vista Elementary in Albuquerque, loves riding bikes and eating pizza. Her favorite book is also Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and she also likes reading any books with Mickey Mouse in them.
Raine is excited to start Kindergarten this year at Colinas del Norte Elementary in Rio Rancho. She said her favorite part of reading was how “you gotta kinda combine the words together.” When asked what her favorite book was she said, “It is hard to choose, I have several. One book I liked reading during Club Read was Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and I also like The Princess in Black series.”
Each winner will be a guest of the Isotopes mascot, Orbit, at the game on Friday. They will participate in the honorary ceremonial first pitch, receive an autographed baseball, a customized Isotopes jersey, a booklet of Isotopes Baseball Bucks, a $50 Dion’s gift card, and a Dion’s pizza to enjoy during the game with their families in Suite-Level seats.
“The grand prize game is one of my favorite parts about Club Read,” said Mark Herman, CEO of Dion’s. “These four students worked hard and are being rewarded with a lifelong memory to encourage them for years to come.”
The program garnered interest from around the state with over 3,500 returned scorecards. Further, over 350 private and public schools from around the state participated in the school competition. The winner of the school competition was Navajo Elementary, which will receive a $300 check for library supplies. The school librarian will also receive a $50 Dion’s gift card for her personal use.
Dion’s is known for its tasty pizza and world-famous Ranch dressing, as well as providing opportunities for its employees and communities to flourish. Two years in a row it has been ranked as a top-five quick-service restaurant in the nation based on overall experience by Sandelman and Associates. Dion’s was founded in 1978 by Jon Patten and Bill Scott in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 39 years, the company has grown to 23 stores and 1,600 employees in three states. For more information, visit www.dions.com or call 505-858-1010.
About the Albuquerque Isotopes
The Albuquerque Isotopes are a Minor League Baseball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. For more information, visit www.abqisotopes.com.
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