Bay Area Reading Challenge: Meet the Cast of Hamilton


Contest Overview

This reading challenge begins April 17 and is exclusive to schools in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County, and Alameda County, California.

This 3-week reading challenge is an extension of the A Mile In Our Shoes program, which promotes empathy and inclusivity through reading. The challenge encourages students to read and take quizzes from the A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets, which share some of the experiences, challenges, and accomplishments of a wide range of communities in America and abroad. Teachers can pick and choose the articles and Text Sets that will be most meaningful for their students, or let students choose themselves. All quizzes taken during the contest period will be counted, and the 3 Bay Area Schools with the highest scores (see “Scoring” section), will win a visit from cast members from the National Tour of HAMILTON!

How Do I Participate?

How can my students earn points?

Earning points is easy (starting Monday, April 17). Here's how to participate if you're a teacher:

  • Make sure you are signed up for Newsela.
  • Have your students sign up for Newsela and add them to your class. Teachers will earn 5 points for their schools for every new student added to a Newsela class on or after April 12th.
  • Once your students have signed up, they can earn points by taking quizzes and getting correct answers on any Newsela articles.
  • Students will earn double points for articles in any “A Mile In Our Shoes” Text Set.

Will my students need to read all articles in “A Mile In Our Shoes” to earn double points?

No students do not need to read every article to earn double points - each article in the Text Set will be worth 2x points. We do encourage students to read all the articles to better empathize with each particular group.

How can I encourage my students to read more?

We encourage you to start by assigning articles (for help see instructions here). Incorporating relevant Newsela articles into your curriculum will also help your students earn points.

Start date: April 17, 2017

End date: May 5, 2017

My school will be on spring break during the contest. Can we still participate?

Yes! Even if there are days during the contest period that your school is not in session, students can still read Newsela articles and take quizzes outside of the classroom. Students can access Newsela from a home computer or through the iOS or Android app. 


The Bay Area school with the most points at the end of the challenge will win a school visit from cast members from the National Tour of HAMILTON.

*See terms and conditions below for full prize details.


Students will earn points by taking quizzes on Newsela. Here's how the scoring works:

  • Students will earn 1 point for each quiz taken on Newsela
  • Students will also earn 1 additional point for each correct quiz answer
  • Students will receive 2 points for taking a quiz from any of the articles in the A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets and for every correct answer in this text set
  • Teachers will earn 5 bonus points for every new student they add to a Newsela class.

A school's total points will be added and then divided by the number of students enrolled at the school. All Newsela articles and their accompanying quizzes count toward a school’s score. The school with the highest score at the end of the challenge wins.

Students need a Newsela account to participate. If your students do not have already have an account, please follow these instructions to help them create one.


Here are the final results (Last updated 5/8/17):


To start completing articles, have your students start reading articles and taking quizzes from the A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets.

Terms & Conditions


NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Newsela Reading Challenge: Meet the Cast of HAMILTON (the “Challenge”) is sponsored by Newsela, Inc., having an address of 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019 (“Sponsor” or “Newsela”) with Prizes (defined below) provided by the National Tour of HAMILTON (“Prize Provider”) and Newsela.


Subject to these Official Rules, the Challenge is open to Bay Area schools in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County, and Alameda County, California (each, a “BA School”). All students in the aforementioned counties who are registered Newsela users may participate (each a “Participating Student”) to help your BA School win one of the Prizes set forth below.  THE CHALLENGE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY. BA Schools shall not allow, encourage, or permit participation by students unless the BA School has obtained all necessary consent from such student’s parent and/or legal guardian for use of Newsela’s services.


The Challenge begins at 9am Eastern Time on 04/17/17 and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 05/05/17 (“Entry Period”).


No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Challenge. During the Entry Period, Participating Students can earn points (“Points”) for their BA School by taking Newsela quizzes on Newsela’s website or mobile services (the “Newsela Services”). Participating Students will earn 1 Point for each quiz taken on the Newsela Services. Participating Students will also earn 1 additional Point for each correct quiz answer on the Newsela Services. Participating Students will also receive 2 Points for taking a quiz from any of the articles in the “A Mile In Our Shoes” Text Set and 2 Points for every correct answer selected by the Participating Student in such text set. Participating teachers will earn 5 bonus points for every new student they add to a Newsela class.

The BA School with the highest Reading Challenge Score (defined below) at the end of the Challenge will win:

  • A visit from cast members in the National Tour of HAMILTON

Reading Challenge Score = total Points earned by Participating Students divided by number of total Students enrolled at the BA School, including students who are not Participating Students.

*Student Enrollment numbers will be based off of NCES student data.

Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries or participation that it believes in good faith are generated by automated means or scripts, in violation of these Official Rules or otherwise results from any unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct, and all such associated entries, including all Points accumulated as a result of such conduct (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) shall be void.


The available prizes (“Prizes”) are as follows:

First Place, Second Place, and Third Place Winners: The BA School with highest Reading Challenge Score at the end of the Challenge will win:

  • A visit from cast members in the National Tour of HAMILTON

Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Challenge. In no event shall the Sponsor or Prize Provider be obligated to award any prizes other than the Prizes specified in these Official Rules. The school visit date will be worked about by Sponsor and the Winner(s). The Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted, except that Sponsor and Prize Provider reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize, or any portion thereof, if such Prize, or any portion thereof, should become unavailable for any reason. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Newsela Reading Challenge: Meet the Cast of HAMILTON Winner’s List, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.


Sponsor will identify 3 winners based on total Reading Challenge Scores, in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules.

The Challenge will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to the Challenge. The winning BA School will be notified on or around 05/08/17 by email and via social media; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification. Sponsor will work with the winning BA Schools to schedule the cast’s school visit, but details of such visit shall be ultimately determined by Sponsor and Prize Provider, in their sole discretion.


When applicable, the winning BA School may be required to execute and return (and winning may be conditioned upon the winner executing and returning) to Sponsor an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and/or Publicity Release provided by Sponsor to be eligible for the Prize, or an alternate winner may be selected.

Unless prohibited by applicable law, your entry into the Challenge and/or acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission to use photographs, images, voices, and other identifying information concerning the BA School’s participation in the contest, in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions.

An entrant, participant, or winner may be disqualified from the Challenge if he, she, or it fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Challenge is at entrant’s and/or participant’s own risk. Neither Sponsor nor Prize Provider shall be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant's ability to participate in the Challenge; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any of Sponsor’s products or services or otherwise in connection with this Challenge; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Prize or any component thereof. THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND SPONSOR AND PRIZE PROVIDER DO NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE PRIZES.


By entering or participating in the Challenge, the winning BA School agrees to and hereby does release and hold Sponsor, Prize Provider, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance of any Prize or your participation in this Challenge. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Challenge may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Challenge should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Challenge. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on Sponsor’s website to such effect. This Challenge shall be governed by California law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Challenge, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Challenge shall be determined by binding arbitration only in New York, NY, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction.  If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

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