Athens student competes in Wee Read Olympics, wins grand prizewee-read-img_1087

On April 30 at the Classic Center, Kym Singco participated in the Wee Read Olympics, a fundraiser for Wee Read by United Way to get children interested in reading. She played Wii Boxing, Bowling, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, and Guitar Hero to help raised money for the Wee Read Program. She won first place in Wii Tennis which put her in the drawing, with five other college and high school students, for the grand prize.

Singco drew a number and was handed a car key with the logo covered up. Each person took turns trying their keys in the car. Singco’s key unlocked the door, which meant she was the winner of the Grand Prize: a 2003 Jeep Liberty.

“I still can’t believe it today. It almost brings tears to my eyes because that Friday my brother got his driver’s license and we were having issues with our insurance and only two cars for four drivers,” said Singco. “I knew this would help out my whole family.”

Piedmont student Haleigh Hoffman won first place in the Wii boxing competition and participated in the grand prize drawing. Although her key did not unlock the car, each of the other first place winners went home with Toshiba laptops.

Each month the Wee Read program gives each registered child in Athens-Clarke County under the age of 5 an age-appropriate hardback book in the mail. The program is help kids learn skills to help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Wee Read Olympics is a fundraiser to help keep the program running.

In addition to Singco and Hoffman winning first place in their Wii events, Justine Moore won first place in Wii Golf, Yvonne Powell won third place in Wii Baseball, La’Mia Colbert won second place in Wii Bowling, and Samantha Gear won third place in Wii Guitar Hero.

High school students who participated were from Cedar Shoals High School, Clarke Central High School, Athens Academy, Classic City Performance Learning Center, and Monsignor Donovan. College students who participated were from Piedmont College, University of Georgia, Gainesville State College, ad Athens Technical College.