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Crosby Park first grader breaks state reading record

Alexander Oreski likes to read.

The Crosby Park first grade student likes to read so much that he broke a state-wide record.

That broken record paid off big for Oreski, who was surprised by the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday when a representative with the team's Read to Achieve challenge presented him with a plaque, swag and an autographed ball. Oreski read more than any kid participating in the challenge in the entire state. How much did he read? Try 36,788 total minutes. That translates into 613 hours, or more than 25 days of reading.

"That is the most minutes that we have ever seen from a single person," said Debbie Williams, community relations programs manager. "In the 10 years we've done this program, I'm not sure I've ever seen the numbers that we have seen this year."

When three classes of first grade students were brought into a single room, many new something was happening. When Williams, followed by Roy Bishop, American Fidelity national account representative, walked into the room carrying a tall Oklahoma City Thunder sign, the excitement began to grow. But even as his name was called and he made his way to the front of the room to be presented with his plaque, Oreski couldn't believe what was happening.

"I was surprised," he said.

After Williams told the group of children about the Read to Achieve challenge and encouraged them to participate again next year in second grade, she escorted Oreski out of the classroom and into the hall, where he could get a better look at all of the stuff he received. He said reading is something he's always enjoyed  even before it earned him a bevy of free Thunder gear.

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