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David Steckel Visits the British School of Washington

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals center David Steckel visited the fifth-grade class of Christopher Horton at the British School of Washington in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Horton’s class is currently participating in the team’s Reading Is Cool program presented by Chevy Chase Bank.

Steckel’s arrival at the school was preceded by a meet-a-greet with Caps mascot Slapshot and Horton’s class. Slapshot entertained the students and signed autographs before Steckel conducted a question-and-answer session with the students. The forward was asked numerous including his favorite book genre, what he does in his spare time, if he has lost any teeth, his favorite food and what it is like to play in the NHL.

One student asked Steckel a particularly difficult question: What would you cure if you had the opportunity? Steckel’s response was autism. He proceeded to explain to the students about Caps goaltender Olie Kolzig’s involvement with Athletes Against Autism (Triple A). Another student followed up and asked Steckel how he could donate to Triple A and was informed about the Olie’s and Elliot’s Great Saves program.

Steckel concluded the session by congratulating the students on their reading achievement, signing autographs and taking both class and individual pictures with the students.

Horton’s students along with the fourth-grade class of Janice Pfeiffer from A.S. Rhodes Elementary School in Front Royal, Va., were the two winning Reading Is Cool classes for the month of January. Both classes had all students complete that month’s reading challenges, including reading a newspaper for four hours, reading two magazines and writing a reflection letter to a Caps player. This earned Horton’s class the Capitals player visit and Pfeiffer’s class complimentary tickets to the Feb. 24 Caps game.

This season’s Reading Is Cool program runs from October through February. Each month third through sixth-grade 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. Please check in the fall to register your class for next season’s Reading Is Cool program.
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