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Chicago Blackhawks Reading Program

The Blackhawks are pleased to announce another year of the Chicago Blackhawks Reading Program!

The Reading Program is designed to encourage students in grades 2-5 to read in and out of the classroom. The program runs from September through March and helps students throughout the school get excited to read, motivated by great prizes!


How It Works

Each teacher will have access to a Reading Program Toolkit for their students, which they can use to track how many pages are read at home and in the classroom along with other fun reading challenges. Teachers will have access to Certificates of Completion to give to their students with a Blackhawks ticket offer that can be printed and distributed to all qualifying students.

Teachers will collect their students' reading logs and add up the number of pages read. Each month, teachers will submit their classrooms' total pages read and a top reader of the month online.


More Involvement

Want your students to win a trip to Fifth Third Ice Arena to skate on same ice where the Chicago Blackhawks practice? Make sure your school is also enrolled in our G.O.A.L. Program for the chance to be selected! Pass along the link below to your Physical Education teacher if this would be their area of expertise or reach out with any questions. More Details


Great prizes your students can win:

NEW Complimentary Blackhawks Ticket Offer

  • ALL STUDENTS that participate in Chicago Blackhawks Reading Program will receive a Certificate of Completion and an offer for a complimentary Blackhawks game ticket with the purchase of at least one additional ticket*

Five (5) Top Individual Readers of the Month will receive:

  • Two (2) tickets to a Blackhawks home game and two (2) tickets for their teacher
  • Chicago Blackhawks prize pack

The classroom with the most total pages read during the program (Sept. - March) will receive:

  • A virtual visit from a current Blackhawks player

Here's how to get your classroom involved:
  • The Chicago Blackhawks Reading Program runs from September through the end of March.
  • The program is only open to classrooms 2-5 in the Illinois, Indiana and southern Wisconsin area.
  • The teacher or librarian must register the classroom online.
  • Students must submit individual reading log sheets to their teacher at the end of each month.
  • The teacher must enter the monthly pages read and top reader of the month by the last Monday of the month to qualify for prizes. Keep submitting and your classroom may just get a surprise from Tommy Hawk!
  • Teachers will then submit total pages read at the end of the program.
  • For the Certificate of Completion and complimentary Blackhawks ticket offer, Teachers will distribute to qualifying students based on the completion metrics determined by each school/teacher.

 

Any questions can be directed to Meghan Pollock at MPollock@Blackhawks.com.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS TOP READER CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE, DONATION OR FUNDRAISING OF ANY KIND IS REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE, DONATION OR FUNDRAISING WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

THESE OFFICIAL RULES CONTAIN AN ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, WHICH WILL, WITH LIMITED EXCEPTION, REQUIRE YOU TO SUBMIT CLAIMS YOU HAVE AGAINST FOUNDATION (AS DEFINED BELOW) TO BINDING AND FINAL ARBITRATION. UNDER THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, (1) YOU WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO PURSUE CLAIMS AGAINST FOUNDATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING, AND (2) YOU WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO SEEK RELIEF (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS.

1. INTRODUCTION: The "Chicago Blackhawks Top Reader Contest" (hereinafter, the "Contest") is a sweepstakes administered by Chicago Blackhawk Foundation ("Foundation"). Foundation is responsible for providing the prizes for the Contest. Your participation in the Contest means that you unconditionally agree to these Official Rules and all decisions by Foundation, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. To win the prize, you must comply with all facets of these Official Rules and all decisions by Foundation.

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States who reside within 75 miles of Chicago, Illinois (the "Eligibility Area") who are the legal guardians of a student in grades 2 (2nd grade) through 6 (6th grade) at any public, private or charter school. Do not enter the Contest if your place of residence, age or any other rule or law prohibits or restricts you from entering or participating in the Contest, or prohibits, restricts or limits the award of the prize. You must be able to accept the award of the prize without rules or restrictions imposed by the jurisdiction in which you live. Employees, agents, officers, directors, members, managers and owners of Foundation, Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc., the National Hockey League (the "NHL"), any of its member teams, NHL Enterprises, L.P., NHL Enterprises Canada, L.P., NHL Enterprises B.V., NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, owners, members, directors, managers, officers, agents, employees, judges, advertising and promotion agencies, prize providers and anyone involved in the development or execution of the Contest (collectively, the "Promotion Entities"), as well as their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) and household members, whether or not related, are not eligible. All federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations apply. Entrants and entries are subject to all local rules. Void outside of the Eligibility Area and where prohibited or restricted by law and where bonding, registration or other requirements would be required but have not yet been met or where the methods of entry set forth below would be deemed consideration.

Each Potential Winner's, as defined in Section 6, parent or guardian will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability and publicity (collectively, the "Affidavit") within a specified time after first attempted notification. If any Potential Winner's parent or guardian fails or refuses to sign and return such Affidavit within the required time period or if the prize or prize notification is returned as rejected, faulty or unclaimed, or returned as undeliverable to such Potential Winner, such Potential Winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. If a Potential Winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules, or declines a prize for any reason, such Potential Winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Identity and eligibility of each winner is subject to Foundation's verification. Foundation is not responsible for, and will not be liable for, late, lost, damaged, intercepted, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winners.

 3. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest begins at 11:59:59 am Central Time ("CT") on September 1, 2021 and ends at 11:59:59 pm CT on March 28, 2022 ("Contest Period"). Foundation's computer is the official timekeeper of the Contest. 

4. HOW TO ENTER AND WIN: Teachers, upon consultation with the applicable parents and legal gaurdians, of 2nd through 5th grade classrooms can sign their classroom up online at https://www.nhl.com/blackhawks/community/reading-program. After the classroom is registered, participating students must log their reading for each month, and submit such logs to their teacher. Participating students must also provide their teacher with an appropriate consent signed by a parent or legal guardian for their child to participate in the Contest. Teachers of registered classrooms will be responsible for obtaining appropriate consents from each students' parent or legal guardian. On the last Monday of each month, teachers of registered classrooms will submit their classroom's total hours read online and also designate a "top reader of the month" (which is a person selected by the teacher in his or her sole discretion and does not need to be the person who read the most hours of the month). The teacher should submit a brief statement of why the selected individual was the "top reader for the month" (collectively, an "Entry").

By submitting an Entry, each participating student represents and warrants that his or her submitted reading logs are accurate. Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any person it deems, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of these Official Rules.  If your classroom is registered for the reading program and for the GOAL program, you could have the chance to be randomly selected to come skate at Fifth Third Ice Arena. Winners are at Foundation's discretion. For more information regarding the GOAL program, please visit https://www.nhl.com/blackhawks/community/goal-program

THERE IS A LIMIT OF ONE (1) ENTRY PERMITTED PER PERSON DURING THE CONTEST PERIOD.

5. PRIZE: Each month, five (5) Official Winners, as defined in Section 6, will be designated and will receive: Two (2) 300 level tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks home game (date of game and seat locations to be determined by Foundation in its sole discretion) and one (1) Chicago Blackhawks fan pack (approximate retail value ("ARV") is $250.00). The applicable teacher of each Official Winner's class will also receive two (2) 300 level tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks home game (date of game and seat locations to be determined by Chicago Blackhawks in its sole discretion; ARV of the ticket is $60.48). The classroom with the most pages read at the end of the Contest Period will receive a virtual classroom visit from a current Chicago Blackhawks player (identity of the player to be determined by Chicago Blackhawks in its sole discretion; ARV of the virtual visit is $5,000). 

All entrants who reach their reading goal (as set by such entrant's school or teacher in his/her/its sole discretion) will receive a certificate of completion and an opportunity to receive one (1) complimentary ticket to a Chicago Blackhawks home game in the 2021-2022 regular season with the purchase of at least one (1) additional ticket to a Chicago Blackhawks home game in the 2021-2022 regular season (ARV of the ticket is $60.48). The complimentary ticket will be for the same game as the purchased ticket, and will be adjacent to, the purchased tickets. *Restrictions apply. The purchase of at least one additional ticket is required with each claimed complimentary student ticket. No exceptions. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Ticket availability is limited and subject to change. Tickets claimed and purchased through this offer may not be resold. Foundation reserves the right to restrict and cancel orders. Foundation is not responsible if a teacher or school fails to notify Foundation about an entrant's completion of reading goals. Complete details will be provided on the ticket-ordering website that is shared with each participating classroom. If you have any questions about the ticket component of the Contest please contact Sam Novak at snovak@blackhawks.com. Questions about the non-ticket components of the Contest can be directed to Meghan Pollock at mpollock@blackhawks.com.

ALL COSTS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TRANSPORTATION, MEALS, FEES, PERSONAL CHARGES, GRATUITIES AND TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OFFICIAL WINNER.

All prize(s) are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Official Winner may not return, exchange, substitute, redeem for cash, transfer, auction or sell his/her prize. Chicago Blackhawks are not responsible for damage during shipping (if any), prize utility, quality or otherwise. All prize details not specified in these Official Rules will be determined in Chicago Blackhawks' sole and absolute discretion. Official Winner will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prizes they receive, regardless of whether it, in whole or in part, are used.

6. SELECTION OF OFFICIAL WINNER AND ODDS OF WINNING: During the Contest Period, Foundation will select five (5) individuals during each of October 2021, November 2021, December 2021, January 2022, February 2022 and March 2022 (each, a "Contest Month"), 40 winners total (each, a "Potential Winner", and collectively, "Potential Winners"). Foundation will select Potential Winners from the pool of top readers submitted for that month, based upon the submitting teacher's statement of why that individual was a top reader. Foundation reserves the right to select less Potential Winners, or not to declare any Potential Winners if, in its sole discretion, an insufficient number of top readers are submitted. Each Potential Winner will be notified by Blackhawks by e-mail on or around one (1) business day after each month during the Contest Period. If Potential Winner fails to respond within 48 hours of first contact, an alternate entrant may be selected in his/her place at random from all eligible entries received. The Potential Winners must then be verified by Blackhawks as eligible to participate and win and be declared the official winners per Section 7 below. The selection of the winners will be in Foundation's sole discretion. In addition to the foregoing monthly prizes, the classroom with the most pages read at the end of the Contest Period will also receive a prize (collectively, with any monthly winners, the "Official Winners").   

7. VERIFICATION OF OFFICIAL WINNER AND DELIVERY OF PRIZE: This Contest is void outside of the Eligibility Area and where prohibited by law. All personal information collected from entrants in the Contest shall be subject to the terms of the Chicago Blackhawks Privacy Policy, which may be viewed at http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=46907. If Potential Winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules, or declines a prize for any reason, such winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Identity and eligibility of each winner is subject to Foundation's verification. Foundation is not responsible for and will not be liable for late, lost, damaged, intercepted, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winners. 

8. RELEASE; LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY; GENERAL CONDITIONS: By entering, each entrant agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc., the United Center Joint Venture, Foundation, the NHL Entities, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, partners, equity holders, shareholders, members, employees, agents and representatives and all others associated with the manufacture, distribution, development and execution of this Contest and prizes (the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, liability, injury, expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), damage, loss or causes of action (however named or described) that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from: (i) entrant's participation in the Contest;  (ii) the delivery, misdelivery, receipt, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prizes awarded in the Contest; (iii) the use of a winner's name, photograph and/or likeness as permitted herein, including, without limitation, claims based on publicity rights, defamation and/or invasion of privacy; (iv) any claim that the design submitted by entrant violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, and/or (v) any travel or activity related to the receipt, use or misuse of the prizes, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death and/or property damage. Additionally, the Released Parties are not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in entrant's e-mail account to receive e-mail messages. Released Parties are not responsible or liable to any entrant or winner or any person claiming through such entrant or winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof or inability to continue the Contest, by reason of any act of God, any action, regulation, order or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action, regulations, order or request proves to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, kidnapping, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute, lockout, work slowdown or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, vandalism, or any other cause beyond the control of any Released Party. Those who do not follow all of the instructions, provide the required information in their entry form, or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Foundation will be disqualified. Foundation reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual believed to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or found to be acting in violation of the Official Rules, or who is believed to be undermining or attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. The Contest and all disputes, claims or controversies arising from these Official Rules, will be governed by Illinois law, without regard to its conflict of law's provisions.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR OTHERWISE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES RELATED TO THE CONTEST, INCLUDING ANY DOWNLOADING FROM OR PRINTING MATERIAL FROM ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY. OFFICIAL WINNER AGREES THAT ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREINAFTER ENACTED, RELATIVE TO THE USE OR ENJOYMENT OF THE PRIZE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FURTHER, NO RESPONSIBILITIES ARE ACCEPTED FOR ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES, OMISSIONS, DELAYS, OR RE-ROUTING RESULTING FROM ANY ACTS OF ANY GOVERNMENT OR AUTHORITY.

9. ARBITRATION AGREEMENT; DISPUTE RESOLUTION BY BINDING ARBITRATION:

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY AS IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.

(a) Agreement to Arbitrate: This Section is referred to in these Official Rules as the "Arbitration Agreement." You agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between you and Foundation, whether arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the Contest, your participation in the Contest, any prize, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize, any advertising, or any aspect of the relationship between us, will be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than a court, in accordance with the terms of this Arbitration Agreement, except that you may assert individual claims in small claims court, if your claims qualify. Further, this Arbitration Agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state or local agencies, and such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by participating in the Contest, you and Foundation are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. Your rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator, not a judge or jury. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement.

(b) Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief: YOU AND FOUNDATION AGREE THAT EACH OF US MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING. UNLESS BOTH YOU AND FOUNDATION, AS APPLICABLE, AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON'S OR PARTY'S CLAIMS AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS PROCEEDING. ALSO, THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE RELIEF NECESSITATED BY THAT PARTY'S INDIVIDUAL CLAIM(S).

(c) Pre-Arbitration Dispute Resolution: Foundation is always interested in resolving disputes amicably and efficiently, and most participant concerns can be resolved quickly and to the participant's satisfaction by emailing Foundation's support team at mpollock@blackhawks.com. If such efforts prove unsuccessful, a party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute (the "Notice"). The Notice to Foundation should be sent to Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc. 1901 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60612, Attention: General Counsel. The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought. If Foundation and you do not resolve the claim within sixty (60) calendar days after the Notice is received, you or Foundation may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by Foundation or you may not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or Foundation are entitled.

(d) Arbitration Procedures: Arbitration will be conducted by a neutral arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association's ("AAA") rules and procedures, including the AAA's Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes (collectively, the "AAA Rules"), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. For information on the AAA, please visit its website, http://www.adr.org. Information about the AAA Rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at the AAA's consumer arbitration page, http://www.adr.org/consumer_arbitration. If there is any inconsistency between any term of the AAA Rules and any term of this Arbitration Agreement, the applicable terms of this Arbitration Agreement will control unless the arbitrator determines that the application of the inconsistent Arbitration Agreement terms would not result in a fundamentally fair arbitration. The arbitrator must also follow the provisions of these Official Rules as a court would. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including, but not limited to, issues relating to the scope, enforceability, and arbitrability of this Arbitration Agreement. Although arbitration proceedings are usually simpler and more streamlined than trials and other judicial proceedings, the arbitrator can award the same damages and relief on an individual basis that a court can award to an individual under these Official Rules and applicable law. Decisions by the arbitrator are enforceable in court and may be overturned by a court only for very limited reasons.

Unless Foundation and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in a reasonably convenient location for both parties with due consideration of their ability to travel and other pertinent circumstances. If the parties are unable to agree on a location, the determination will be made by AAA. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, Foundation agrees that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator will issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.

(e) Costs of Arbitration: Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA Rules, unless otherwise provided in this Arbitration Agreement. Any payment of attorneys' fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.

(f) Confidentiality: All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, and any ruling, decision or award by the arbitrator, will be strictly confidential for the benefit of all parties.

(g) Severability: If a court or the arbitrator decides that any term or provision of this Arbitration Agreement other than clause (b) above is invalid or unenforceable, the parties agree to replace such term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Arbitration Agreement will be enforceable as so modified. If a court or the arbitrator decides that any of the provisions of clause (b) is invalid or unenforceable, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement shall be null and void. The remainder of these Official Rules will continue to apply.

(h) Conflict: If any conflict arises between any term or condition in this Section 9 and any term or condition in the Official Rules, then the applicable term or condition in this Section 9 will apply.

10. ENTRANT'S PERSONAL INFORMATION: By entering the Contest, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purpose of administering the Contest and prize fulfillment. You may also have the opportunity to sign up to receive promotional emails from parties associated with the Contest; your choice to consent to such emails or to opt out of such emails in future does not impact your chances of winning. To the full extent permitted by law, the name, address (city and state), image and biographical information of Official Winner and his/her guest may be used by Foundation for promotional purposes and a published Official Winner list. You may be required to sign a document to this effect. Information collected from entrants is subject to these Official Rules as well as the Chicago Blackhawks' Privacy Policy: http://www.nhl.com/blackhawks/info/privacy-policy.

11. WINNERS LIST: To obtain an Official Winner list for the preceding Contest Month, send an email to mpollock@blackhawks.com with the following subject line: "Please send the Official Winner list for the 'Chicago Blackhawks Top Reader Contest.'" Requests must be submitted within thirty (30) days after the last day of a Contest Month. The list will be sent to requesting parties after selection and verification of the Official Winner.

12. NOTICE: Foundation reserves the right to prosecute and seek damages against any individual who attempts to deliberately undermine the proper operation of this Contest in violation of these Official Rules and/or criminal and/or civil law.

 

*Restrictions apply. The purchase of at least one additional ticket is required with each claimed complimentary student ticket. No exceptions. Tickets are available on a first come first served basis. Ticket availability is limited and subject to change. Tickets claimed and purchased through this offer may not be resold. The Blackhawks reserve the right to restrict and cancel orders. Complete details will be listed on the ticket-ordering website. If you have any questions about the ticket component of the Blackhawks Reading Program please contact Sam Novak at snovak@blackhawks.com. Questions about the non-ticket components can be directed to Meghan Pollock at mpollock@blackhawks.com.

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