Denver faces Carolina in middle school read off as Broncos take on the Panthers Sunday

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As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are preparing for the big game on Sunday, students at Hamilton Middle School in Denver have their own Super Bowl challenge with students in North Carolina.

Hamilton has challenged West Rowan Middle School, in Salisbury, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte, to a “read-off” in the spirit of friendly competition.

Denver students hope to defeat Carolina students by reading more pages than their competition between Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 5. The read-off agreement was reached between Hamilton Middle School Principal Dr. Christian Sawyer and West Rowen Middle School Principal Derek McCoy.

“When I shared the idea with the scholars and educators at Hamilton, they all wanted to do this,” said Sawyer. “The reading challenge is a fun way to encourage our students to read and, at the same time, to show our support for the Denver Broncos.”

The stakes are high for the read-off.

If Hamilton wins, the school will receive a photo or video of West Rowan students wearing Denver Broncos’ orange and “dabbin’,” a celebratory dance made famous by Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton. If West Rowan wins the challenge, Hamilton students will wear Carolina Panthers’ blue and videotape their own version of the dab dance for the North Carolina school.

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