Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

LEXINGTON -- A Lexington first grader will be the most popular youngster at Western Elementary School on Thursday.

That's the day students will be treated to pizza from Pizza Hut because Patrick Smith was selected as the nationwide winner of the BOOK IT! Reading Giveaway.

Pizza Hut said Smith will receive a $10,000 College Plan because of his commitment to reading. A student at Western Elementary, Patrick reached his monthly reading goals from October through March of the 2018-19 program year. 

To be eligible for the prize, students across the country had to meet their reading goals set by their teacher all six months of the program and collect all six official stickers in the Reading Journal Award from their local Pizza Hut. After submitting his Reading Journal and stickers at the end of last program year, Patrick was randomly selected as the winner.

Pizza Hut is celebrating Patrick’s achievement with an assembly for all students at the school. Pizza will be provided to all students as they help congratulate Patrick on his accomplishment on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2:15 p.m. at Western Elementary


Created in 1984, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free for teachers to use in their classrooms. Students who meet monthly reading goals set by their teacher receive a Reading Award Certificate to redeem at participating Pizza Hut locations for a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza and a Reading Journal. For more information on the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program and how schools can participate, visit

As the longest running, corporate-supported literacy program in the country, BOOK IT! impacts more than 14 million students in 620,000 classrooms nationwide each school year. To date, the iconic program has reached 1 in 5 Americans (65 million nationwide).

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