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Hands at the State Capitol shot up in the air today, when the question was asked "Who wants to win a million words?"

It was all part of the Readapalooza Tour, an innovative state program where the name of the game is reading. The 20 minute traveling show features two characters, the Amazing Professor Umlaut and his sidekick Ampersand, who use comedy and audience involvement to get the message across. The troupe has been visiting schools, community centers and retail locations around California.

Today, on the east lawn at the Capitol, students from Sacramento's Jefferson Elementary School got into the act. Among the activities in the zany show was a take-off on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" TV show called "Who Wants to Win a Million Words?" Kids who successfully answered questions about books won a dictionary.

The Readapalooza Tour is part of a $4 million dollar campaign to promote the involvement of all Californians in encouraging children to read

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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