ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr read his children’s book, The Bulliest Dozer, to nearly 50 second- through fifth-grade students at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in Arlington, Va., on March 24. Following the reading Fehr and co-author Pamela Duncan Edwards participated in a Q&A session with the group.
The students were participants in Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch, a literacy and mentoring program based in select elementary schools in the Washington metropolitan area. The program pairs professional adults with elementary school students to read together. The goal of Power Lunch is to encourage children’s interest in reading, expand their opportunities for success and facilitate meaningful volunteer contributions. Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members mentor at Key Elementary as part of the program.
Fehr and Duncan Edwards co-wrote The Bulliest Dozer to raise funds for bullying prevention and to encourage positive behavior, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity. Funds from U.S. sales benefit Playworks DC. Playworks is a national nonprofit that transforms recess to improve school climate.
The book tells the story of Bo Dozer and his peers at Ms. Crane’s Academy for Little Machines. Embarrassed by being unable to skate in preparation for a holiday concert on ice, Bo decides to become ‘A Mean Machine.’ Bo bullies other students until a concert day crisis helps him understand the importance of friendship.
“I enjoyed reading to the Key School kids today,” said Fehr. “I wrote the book to try and educate children about bullying. It’s such a widespread issue and I hope Bo’s story encourages them to always treat each other with respect.”
Signed copies of the The Bulliest Dozer are available for $20 or unsigned copies for $10 online at WashingtonCaps.com and during Capitals home games at the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation table at section 104 on the main concourse.
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