Washington Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier visited the fifth-grade class of Ashley Eaton at Belle View Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Dec. 19. This appearance by Pothier honored November’s winners in the team’s Reading Is Cool program presented by Chevy Chase Bank.
|Brian Pothier, Reading is cool |
Eaton’s class was chosen for the visit because all 21 students completed the November challenge consisting of a minimum of four hours of online reading. Many students browsed the articles on WashingtonCaps.com to complete the reading challenge. Ten students in the class exceeded the four-hour reading requirement, exhibiting the type of behavior encouraged through the Reading Is Cool program.
Slapshop was on hand to kick off the visit, warming up the class with high-fives and autographs. Then Pothier stepped to the front of the class to congratulate the students on their achievements and urge them to keep up their strong reading habits.
During Pothier’s visit, students had the opportunity to ask questions about his youth hockey experiences, favorite and least favorite school subjects, Caps teammates, individual statistics and any other topics that peaked their interest.
The session concluded with the distribution of gift bags, containing car flags, window decals and red mullet wigs. Pothier signed autographs for the students and took group photos with the class as well.
This season’s Reading Is Cool program runs from October through February. Each month classes participating in Reading Is Cool are eligible for either a classroom visit by a Capitals player or tickets to a predetermined home game if all students complete the specified goals.
Additionally, Lisa Hearing’s third-grade class from Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, Md., is being rewarded for its November reading achievement. All 18 students completed last month’s reading challenge and 16 of these students read more than the four-hour online requirement. On Wednesday, Dec. 26, the Capitals will host Ms. Hearing’s class at the home game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. The students will be recognized during the game, given gift bags and receive a visit from Slapshot.