The Daytona Tortugas’ mascot Shelldon stopped by Ormond Beach Elementary March 17 to promote the Hit the Books program.
Escorted by Media Specialist Tracey Mikos, Administrative Assistant Trish Scuteri and his handler, Brandon Earle, Shelldon went to Ms. Grossmann and Ms. Every’s second-grade classrooms to speak to students about the importance of reading. The turtle challenged students to read each night, and handed out bookmarks to record their reading progress. If they complete their task, they’ll win two free tickets to a Daytona Tortuga baseball game.
According to the Tortuga’s website, this year’s designated “reading nights” games are May 24 and May 31. In 2014, approximately 31,000 students participated in the program.
Shelldon and Earle also recorded a brief commercial for the school's morning news program, and were interviewed by fourth-grade news anchor Molly Bronson.