Cocky's Reading Express Promoting Early Literacy Across SC | Palmetto Scene

The Cocky’s Reading Express is a literacy program in which students from the University of South Carolina read to the children. The USC mascot, Cocky, helps the children understand the importance of life-long reading. The program serves students in 4K through second grade because “research shows that if children acquire strong reading skills and a love of reading by the end of second grade, they are more likely to succeed academically and graduate on time.”  The mission of the group is to reach those elementary students in underserved public schools with this message.