The Stockton Heat, Office of Mayor Tubbs and Stockton Unified School District have announced the Get in the Game – READ!, initiative, a collaborative effort to improve literacy throughout the region.

Mayor Tubbs poses with students who will be participating in the inaugural Reading Face-Off.

The program is based on Stockton Heat hockey players reading to students twice a month during the upcoming Heat Hockey season beginning later this month through March 21.

Every student that participates will be given free tickets to the Heat game on April 14th while parents will be offered tickets at a discounted rate and the school that ranks highest in the “Reading Face-Off” challenge will be honored at that game.

“Reading is important no matter what you want to do in life,” Mayor Tubbs said. “I see these students, and I remember being in their shoes. Lucky for me, I had adults around that inspired me to pick up a book and learn to love reading. That is the same hope that we want to inspire in these young kids today.”

The Taft, Hamilton, Van Buren, Fremont-Lopez and Monroe Elementary School’s will be the five participating schools in the inaugural competition.

Each school will be scoring a goal for every book read by a second-grade student and the school with the most goals at the end of the program will be declared the winner.

The scoreboard for the five schools will be kept below for students to keep track of their progress!

The Stockton Heat, Office of Mayor Tubbs and Stockton Unified School District are partnering together for a new literacy program!  Stockton Heat hockey players will read to students twice a month during the upcoming Heat Hockey season from October through March 21.  Every student that participates will be given free tickets to the Heat game on April 14th while parents will be offered tickets at a discounted rate and the school that ranks highest in the “Reading Face-Off” challenge will be honored at that game.

The Taft, Hamilton, Van Buren, Fremont-Lopez and Monroe Elementary School’s will be the five participating schools in the competition. Each school will be scoring a goal for every book read by a second-grade student and the school with the most goals at the end of the program will be declared the winner.

The scoreboard is updated every month!