The Stockton Heat have kicked off the club’s new literacy program, Get in the Game. READ! presented by Smack Pie Pizza at local Stockton Unified Schools.
The program, which is in conjunction with the Stockton Ports, Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs, Stockton – San Joaquin County Libraries and Stockton Unified Schools, makes reading fun and interesting for students, with the reading face-off competition between the schools along with Stockton Heat players coming over to classrooms to read books to kids.
So far, Garnet Hathaway, Luke Gazdic, Morgan Klimchuk, Austin Carroll, Oleg Yevenko, Rasmus Andersson, Adam Ollas Mattsson, Brett Pollock, Josh Healey, Spencer Foo and Andrew Mangiapane have gone to read books to kids at Taft, Hamilton, Van Buren, Fremont-Lopez and Monroe Elementary School’s while Tanner Glass has visited the Weston Ranch Library to read to kids.
The players have read The Story of Ferdinand and Miss Nelson is Missing and follow with a brief discussion about characteristics displayed by characters in the book. The Story of Ferdinand the characteristic of focus was about tolerance while Miss Nelson is Missing is about respect. The players interact with the kids and talk about the characteristics and how they apply to their lives and in the game of hockey while the students talk about the meaning of the words and how it applies to them in their everyday lives.