Sylvan Learning's Book Adventure Teams Up with the Family Film Dolphin Tale to Bring New Reading Contest for Children and Families

In theaters September 23, 2011: Individual students and classrooms can participate for a chance to win exciting prizes; Contest runs September 8 through October 14, 2011

(Baltimore, MD, September 6, 2011) – To help cultivate and encourage a love of reading in the new academic year, Sylvan Learning's Book Adventure is teaming up with the family adventure movie Dolphin Tale to launch a new reading contest with prizes for both individual students and classrooms. Opening on September 23, 2011, the movie Dolphin Tale is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast, and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life.

Sylvan Learning, North America's leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, will run this contest on the Book Adventure website from September 8th through October 14th, 2011. Children aged 8-14 can join the individual contest for a chance to win prizes, including movie tickets! Teachers and their classes can participate by joining the classroom contest.

″Strong reading skills are incredibly important for all subjects in school, and we hope students will use this free, fun contest to continue to improve their reading ability,″ says Dr. Richard E. Bavaria, senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning. ″The more children read, the more they'll enjoy reading, and the better readers they're likely to become,″ he said.

The contest offers exciting prizes, including:

  • Individual Prizes - The winners of the individual contest can win prizes, including a 4-pack of movie tickets, plush dolphins and movie posters.
  • Classroom Prize - One winning classroom will receive four free movie passes for each student (for a class of up to 30 students.)

To participate in the contest, visit http://www.bookadventure.com for complete contest rules. Students and classrooms can register for free.

Book Adventure is a free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Participating students and schools use Book Adventure to create personalized book lists and take quizzes on the books they read off-line. Students create their own book lists from over 8,000 recommended titles. Book Adventure is created and maintained by Sylvan Learning. For more information and other educational resources offered by Sylvan, contact your local Sylvan center at 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit us on the web at www.sylvanlearning.com.

About Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels. With 30 years of experience and more than 900 centers located throughout North America, Sylvan's proven process and personalized methods have inspired more than 2 million students to discover the joy of learning. Sylvan's trained and Sylvan-certified personal instructors provide individualized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan helps students develop the skills, habits and attitudes needed for lifelong success. Visit www.DrRickBlog.com to share your personal academic experiences and comment on academic trends. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit http://tutoring.sylvanlearning.com.

About Dolphin Tale

Alcon Entertainment's ″Dolphin Tale″ is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin called Winter and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Losing her tail may cost Winter her life. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. ″Dolphin Tale″ is a heartwarming, fun adventure about the healing bonds of family, both human and animal. The real Winter, who plays herself in ″Dolphin Tale,″ today serves as a symbol of courage and hope to millions of people—especially those facing their own physical challenges—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

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