BRISTOL, Va. -

The Bristol Pirates baseball team is teaming up with a local elementary school to encourage kids to read.

Haynesfield Elementary in Bristol, Tennessee hosted Pirates players and managers to promote their new Accelerated Reading program. Pirates players gave every kid a signed bookmark and read to kids between kindergarten and second grade.

Players also signed baseballs and mini-bats for the first student to get a certain number of points in accelerated reader tests.

We talked to a couple kids who were excited to meet players. "Because it makes me feel better like I usually thing reading is boring because I don't really have many choices," Grace Singleton said.

"They might make it to the big leagues, and it might be worth a lot of stuff," Braden Wilhout said

The Pirates are challenging students to read 50,000 books this year, up from 24,000 last year.