The start of college football season marked the beginning of the annual Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest. All pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students who read six books qualified to win four tickets and sideline passes to the South Carolina vs. Clemson game in Death Valley on November 24th. Two students winners, one reading for Clemson and one for South Carolina, were selected at random from over 50,000 entries. University mascots, Cocky and Tiger, joined education officials at school assemblies to surprise the two lucky student winners with news of their selection.
Schools with at least 70% student participation were entered to win a $2,000 school library grant.