Students at Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School in Wallingford were treated to a special event April 9 featuring the Phillie Phanatic in recognition of the school’s participation in the Phanatic about Reading educational program. Students enjoyed an interactive day that included a reading of the Phanatic’s favorite book.

The Phanatic About Reading program is a free, incentive-based program that encourages students in grades Pre-K through 8 to read or be read to for a minimum of 15 minutes a day to improve their literacy skills, according to the Phillies website. (Photos Courtesy of Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School)