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 Students Treated to Story from Padre, Ballgame

​Students in Susy Navarro's 5th-grade class at Northmont Elementary School in La Mesa got a treat Tuesday thanks to their voracious reading habits: a visit from Padres player Cory Spangenberg.

Spangenberg visited the school as part of the Read with a Pro contest, which encourages students in grades 2 through 5 to read by offering the winning class a visit from a Padres player. He read the book H is for Home Run, answered questions, posed for pictures, and signed autographs.

"This is a great moment," Fernando, a student in the class, said after getting his picture with Spangenberg. "It was a really nice treat just for reading."

Between April 13 and May 15, 14 students in Navarro's class read a whopping 32,270 pages, the highest average of any of the schools that entered the contest. Countywide, 23 classrooms participated, reading 511,678 pages collectively. Results are available here.

Read with a Pro is sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union and a partnership between Mighty 1090 AM and the San Diego County Office of Education. All students who participated earned a free movie pass from Reading Cinemas for every 150 pages they read.

The winning class also won tickets to a Padres game and a meal from Jersey Mike's Subs.

Navarro said her class was already full of avid readers, but the contest added another level of excitement.

"It shows them how important it is to read," she said.