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Capitals Announce Registration for Fifth Annual Reading Is Cool Program

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Program Promotes Literacy and Teamwork

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 16, 2005 - The Washington Capitals invite local third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teachers to register their classes for their annual Reading Is Cool program. The Capitals created the program to encourage students to develop essential reading habits while also demonstrating the importance of working as a team towards a common goal.

Capitals captain Jeff Halpern encourages students to read as many books as possible on behalf of their class during the months of January and February. Students record their results in book logs, which the teachers sign off upon at the end of the program. Only the first 250 classes to register can participate. All participants will receive Capitals memorabilia and 12 classes—one winning class for each grade per region (Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.)—will win an appearance by Capitals mascot Slapshot. The class that reads the most books overall will win a special visit from a Capitals player along with other great prizes.

Last year more than 250 classrooms from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., participated in the Reading Is Cool program, the largest participation in the program's four-year history. For more information on the Reading Is Cool program, visit WashingtonCaps.com or stop by the community relations table behind section 104 at any Capitals home game now through the end of December.
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