Inspiring the American Dream Foundation Announces Winners of 2015 Opportunity to Succeed Read-A-Thon

Press Release

February 12, 2016

Sunset, SCFebruary 12, 2016 – Inspiring the American Dream Foundation today announced the winners of its 2015 Opportunity to Succeed Read-A-Thon. Designed to encourage and motivate 3rd grade students to read, the eight week competition was held between A.R. Lewis Elementary and Hagood Elementary schools located in Pickens, South Carolina.

Two happy schoolchildren have fun in classroom at schoolStudents from both schools competed against each other and were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Number of books read
  • Number of pages read
  • Number of visits to their school library media center
  • Having a Pickens County Library card
  • Participation in a pre-scheduled tour of any Pickens County Library System location
  • Number of visits to any Pickens County Library System location

Individual winners of the competition include, Emma Adams, Addison Bradberry, Luke Bynum, Skylar Church, Clay Couch, Allison Hendricks, Cason Hickey, Michaela Mosley, Chloe Pollard, Na’ja Rivers, Michael Seabrooke, Gavin Stanley, Landon Tallman and Alexis Worthen. The individual high-performer was Landon Tallman at A.R. Lewis Elementary. Mrs. Michelle Clayton’s 3rd grade class at A.R. Lewis Elementary was named the team winner.

“We are so proud of the students at both A.R. Lewis and Hagood Elementary schools, said Robert Basmadjian, Co-Founder & Chairman at Inspiring the American Dream Foundation. “Their hard work and dedication to improving their reading and comprehension skills should be commended. It is these types of skills and character traits that will benefit students most as they continue their education and ultimately compete for future career and vocational opportunities in South Carolina’s Upstate.”

The initiative was presented by Spectrum Marketing & Communications to bring together the not-for-profit, education and business communities to help address Upstate, South Carolina’s education and workforce development needs. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Clemson University, Countybank, the Pickens County Library System and ScanSource supported the initiative.

“ScanSource has always recognized the importance of supporting education in the communities in which we live and work,” said Christy Thompson, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at ScanSource. “Helping to educate and develop the next generation of professionals is vital to the ongoing success of businesses in the Upstate. We have been honored to support Inspiring the American Dream Foundation in past educational initiatives, and we were pleased to be able to play a part in presenting the Foundation’s 2015 Opportunity to Succeed Read-A-Thon.”

Inspiring the American Dream Foundation will recognize the hard work and accomplishments of the participating Read-A-Thon students at a celebration event on February 22nd at A.R. Lewis Elementary. There, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC 3rd Congressional District), will present Congressional Certificates of Achievement to the competition’s individual winners. In addition, two student-athletes from Clemson University will be there to share with the students their experiences and lessons learned from competing at the collegiate level. Clemson University’s Athletic Department will also acknowledge the winning 3rd grade class during a special halftime awards ceremony at the February 13th men’s basketball game against Georgia Tech, in Greenville.

About Inspiring the American Dream Foundation

Inspiring the American Dream Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, has been established to help inspire children and young adults to achieve the American Dream, a set of ideals in which freedom, ability and virtue provide the opportunity for prosperity, happiness and upward mobility, regardless of race, ethnicity or social class. By engaging children of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds with an appreciation for the ideals, values and virtues inherent in the American Dream, the Foundation will help prepare students across the country to become independent, prosperous and productive members of society. For additional information, visit


Robert Basmadjian
Co-Founder & Chairman
Inspiring the American Dream Foundation
Phone: (864) 868-0202