Wednesday was an exciting day for a special group of kids at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. Lemore Amir’s third-grade class, winners of the 2006-07 Washington Capitals Reading Is Cool program, presented by Chevy Chase Bank, were rewarded with a special classroom appearance by Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier, team mascot Slapshot and Chevy Chase Bank mascot Check Card Man.
Pothier visited the ecstatic group of kids who were ready and raring to meet the Caps veteran defenseman. He read a book about hockey and teamwork to the class, signed autographs and answered each of the students many questions, some written on the board in front of the classroom and some from excitable kids with their hands raised fervently in the air.
Slapshot and Check Card Man also took part in the visit, playing around with the group of third graders, posing for pictures and signing autographs. Each student received a special gift bag filled with Capitals and Chevy Chase Bank gear to take home from their fun-filled day.
All told, the class read more than 4,000 books during the months of January and February to win the contest. The Reading Is Cool program encourages students to develop essential reading habits while also demonstrating the importance of working as a team towards a common goal. This year more than 200 classes comprising 5,010 third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland participated in the program.