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John Adams Elementary Wins Reading Is Cool Presented by Chevy Chase Bank

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier and Slapshot to visit winning third graders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 29, 2007 – Washington Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier and mascot Slapshot will visit Lemore Amir’s third-grade class at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., in mid-May to celebrate the class’ victory in the Capitals’ Reading Is Cool presented by Chevy Chase Bank contest for the 2006-07 school year. The group of 18 third graders read more than 4,000 books during January and February.

Amir’s class also received box seats to the Capitals game on March 16 vs. Toronto, where they were recognized on the video board and visited by Capitals forwards Matt Pettinger and Eric Fehr.

The Washington Capitals created the Reading Is Cool program to encourage 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 participated in the Reading Is Cool program from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

Amir’s third grade class was the contest’s overall winner, while other regional winners included Travis Long’s fourth grade class at Avalon Elementary (Maryland region) and Katina Bryant’s third grade class at Amidon Elementary (D.C. region).

The top-three classes from each region who read the most books for their respective grades will also receive a visit from team mascot, Slapshot. Winning classes include: Gwendolyn Lewis Foster’s fourth-grade class at Key Elementary School, Christopher Horton’s fifth-grade class at the British School of Washington and Susan Bandler’s sixth-grade class at Bancroft Elementary School for the D.C. area. Maryland winners include: Catherine Thorson’s third-grade class at Marley Elementary School, Brett Imirie’s fifth-grade class at Stoneleigh Elementary School and Mrs. Johnson’s sixth-grade class at St. John Regional Catholic School. Robin Dodd’s fourth-grade class at Colvin Run Elementary School, Randall Miller’s fifth-grade class at Kings Glen Elementary School and Roger Kingsbury’s sixth-grade class at Fairhill Elementary School were the winners for the Virginia area.
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