Thousand Oaks, Calif.—For the fifth year, Conejo Valley Days (CVD) is offering free carnival ride passes to students who take part in its “Read & Ride” literacy program. CVD, in conjunction with carnival operator Kastl Amusements, is encouraging kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to read by offering ride passes for use at the festival (May 9 through 12 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks).
Last year, over a dozen schools participated in the program. “With ‘Read & Ride, parents can save quite a bit of money—especially if their kids want to ride the biggest and fastest rides, which cost more,” says Veronica Browning, CVD’s general manager.
Children must read three books approved by their teacher and their parent, write a brief summary of each book on a Read & Ride form (available on the CVD website, through participating schools or at Thousand Oaks libraries), have his or her parent and teacher sign the completed form and bring the form to the Kastl Amusements information booth inside the CVD site. The child will receive a pass good for three free rides. Kindergarten-age kids can draw pictures about their books on the back of the form. Homeschoolers can also take part in the program. Kids in all school districts are eligible.
Schools have the option of displaying a 3’ x 5’ Conejo Valley Days “Ready & Ride” banner at the school entrance from May 1 through May 12. If the banner is returned in good shape after CVD is over, CVD will donate $100 to the school PTA.
A separate banner-only promotion is available for high schools and other nonprofit organizations.
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