DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Public Schools have seen dramatic improvements in test scores and graduation rates. Now one elementary student is being rewarded with once-in-a-lifetime trip.

It was a super surprise for fourth-grader Mario Dominguez. He’s going to the Super Bowl — all expenses paid.

“I’m so excited and happy for him — and for me,” Dominguez’s mother said.

Mario Dominguez with his Super Bowl tickets (credit: CBS)

Mario Dominguez with his Super Bowl tickets (credit: CBS)

Dominguez told CBS4’s Gloria Neal his favorite player is Eric Decker because he’s a wide receiver and Dominguez wants to be a wide receiver.

The real lesson was that hard work pays off because Dominguez is at the top of his class in reading.

“This year, as of right now, he’s currently in first place, and he’s read more than any other kid in the entire school,” College View Elementary School Principal Kyle Gamba said.

His classmates cheered him on, but it was Mile High United Way that picked Dominguez and his mother to go to the big game.

“You never know where reading will take you, and in this case it’s taking him to the Super Bowl,” Christine Benera with Mile High United Way said.

When Dominguez gets back from the Super Bowl he will have a lot to tell his friends, and a lot of reading to do.

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