For an event that promoted literacy, Monday’s kickoff to the Rebel Reading Challenge looked more like a high-octane pep rally.
There were Runnin’ Rebels signing autographs for screaming fans, UNLV cheerleaders waving colorful pom-poms and dancing Rebel Girls in red sequined dresses.
But there were moments of relative quiet, too, as local broadcast journalists read to nearly 7,000 Clark County School District fourth and fifth graders who packed the Thomas & Mack Center.
The event marked the start of a month-long competition for 33 elementary schools participating in the third-annual Rebel Reading Challenge. It was also the largest gathering of elementary school students in one place in Las Vegas history, according to event organizers UNLV Athletics and SuperPawn.