Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr visited the sixth-grade class of Roger Kingsbury at Fairhill Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., on Thursday, Feb. 7. Fehr visited with the students to congratulate them on being one of two winning classes for December through the team’s Reading Is Cool program presented by Chevy Chase Bank. Luanne Deppa’s fifth-grade class at Darnestown Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Md., was the other winning class for the month of December and received complimentary tickets to the Jan.19 Caps game.
Kingsbury’s class earned the player visit because all 22 students read at least 60 minutes with a partner, 60 minutes out loud and 60 minutes in a library during December. Fifteen students exceeded these reading goals.
Slapshot was the first visitor to Kingsbury’s class, greeting students and signing autographs. After a short break, Fehr emerged from outside the hallway to a warm reception inside the classroom. Fehr congratulated the students on their outstanding achievement and encouraged them to keep up their strong reading habits this month as the Reading Is Cool program presented by Chevy Chase Bank nears its conclusion.
Following his brief speech, Fehr fielded question from students, including what inspired him to play hockey, what he does in his spare time, what his favorite video game is and how many hat tricks he has scored in his career. The class also unveiled a drawing on the whiteboard – a detailed image of an action shot of Fehr in his Caps uniform – done by one of the students. Fehr reacted with surprise at the gesture and the student’s artistic talent.
During the visit, Fehr also distributed gift bags, which consisted of Caps car flags, Mr. Potato Heads and scarves. Then he proceeded to sign autographs for all the students, everything from signing the Caps items to t-shirts, backpacks and snapshots of Fehr printed from WashingtonCaps.com.
The visit concluded with Fehr taking individual and group photos with the students. Before leaving, the students provided Fehr with thank you notes and photos of themselves to show their appreciation for the time he spent in their classroom.
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.