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 2017-18’s count of 15,338.

The program, which is now in its third year with the 2019-20 academic year, incorporates second and third graders from Fremont, Hamilton, Monroe, Taft and Van Buren elementary schools.

Leading the charge in 2018-19 was Hamilton Elementary, which boasted a year-best 27,994 books alone. As part of their accomplishment, the top-reading class from Hamilton was recognized at Fan Appreciation Night on Sunday, April 14, 2019 and had 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 participate in a Q&A with the students.

The Heat would like to thank all participating schools for their effort throughout the 2019-20 school year and congratulate Hamilton Elementary for an outstanding effort in last year’s program.