The Stockton Heat and Stockton Unified School District took the ‘Get In The Game. READ!’ literacy program to new heights during the 2018/19 season, with the five participating SUSD schools combining to account for more than 34,000 books read through the school year, more than doubling last year’s count of 15,338.

The program, which is in its second year, incorporates second and third graders from Fremont, Hamilton, Monroe, Taft and Van Buren elementary schools.

Leading the charge was Hamilton Elementary, which boasted a year-best 27,994 books alone. As part of their accomplishment, the top-reading class from Hamilton will be recognized at Fan Appreciation Night on Sunday and will have the opportunity to take a photo on the ice following the game.

The program featured monthly appearances from Heat players at each of the five schools, where they would read to the classes and have a discussion about the central themes of the book.

The Heat would like to thank all participating schools for their effort throughout the 2018/19 school year and congratulate Hamilton Elementary for an outstanding effort in this year’s program.