The Stockton Heat put a tidy bow on the first year of the Get in the Game – READ! program, a new literacy program of the Stockton Heat and Stockton Ports presented by Smack Pie Pizza.
As part of the program, the Heat, along with the Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs and the Stockton Unified School District challenged five schools, Fremont-Lopez Elementary, Taft Elementary, Van Buren Elementary, Monroe Elementary and Hamilton Elementary, and their second graders to dive into a good book.
The program, which was kicked off in an event back in October at Hamilton Elementary, saw 20 Stockton Heat players, read to second grade classes in those five schools and at local libraries 65 times from November to March, and the kids combined to read 15,338 books over the course of the five months.
On the Heat’s final game of the season, the team invited all of the participating schools, and their families, out to the game as a reward for their terrific accomplishment. It was also revealed during the game that the winner of the reading face-off was Fremont-Lopez Elementary, who ran away with the win thanks to reading 5,618 books!
They received a banner to hang at the school showcasing their win, and will look to defend their title in the future challenges!
Congratulations to all of the schools for a job well done! Every one of them got in the game!