The Stockton Heat Hockey Club and Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) have once again partnered for the Heat’s literacy program, “Get in the Game. READ!” in 2018-19. The second year program aims to improve literacy skills among participants while providing memorable reading experiences with professional athletes.
“Get in the Game. READ!” is based on Stockton Heat hockey players reading to second and third grade students once a month during the 2018-19 hockey season. The program kicked off at Hamilton Elementary School on November 2nd and will conclude on March 28th.
Five participating SUSD schools (Fremont-Lopez Elementary, Taft Elementary, Van Buren Elementary, Monroe Elementary and Hamilton Elementary) seek to be crowned this year’s champion in the inter-school competition. As of January 2019, Hamilton Elementary leads the way with 15,978 books read and all five schools combining for a total of 19,680! The schools have already surpassed last year’s total of 15,338 books read with two months to go!
Current NHL call-ups Curtis Lazar and Oliver Kylington have made reading appearances during the 2018-19 program with numerous other Heat players giving back to the local community.
On Fan Appreciation Night on April 14, 2019, the Heat will invite all participating schools, their families, and faculty to the Heat home game as a reward for their hard work and dedication to the second year program. The 2018-19 “Get in the Game. READ!” champion will also be announced during the game and will receive a championship banner to display at their institution!
Keep up the great work and the Stockton Heat look forward to seeing all participants, friends, families, and faculty on April 14th!