Gents Basketball Takes Part in PRIME TIME Program
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team took time on Tuesday to visit the campus of Bethune Middle Academy in Shreveport to help promote the PRIME TIME reading program. The Gents walked the campus, meeting with teachers and students during the school day, and then returned to participate in the program that evening.


The PRIME TIME reading program is geared to transform families into lifelong readers. It creates the precondition for all learning and helps to end the cycle of inter-generational illiteracy.


The program provides six to eight-weeks of reading, discussion, and storytelling at public libraries and other venues. After a 90-minute reading session, a college or university professor leads a discussion.


The Gents spoke with the families to emphasize the importance of reading. They helped to reinforce the foundation that the ability to read provides for future learning and achievement in all facets of life.


“Reaching out to the community is important to us at Centenary,” said head basketball coach Rob Flaska. “It’s important that these children see positive role models and see what reading and good academics can lead to. The staff at Bethune is doing a great job and I hope we were able to help them stir up some more publicity on that campus about such an excellent program.”


For more information on PRIME TIME, call (504) 523-4352, extension 127, or visit the website at