As the grand-prize-winning class, Eaton’s fifth-graders will receive a visit from Washington Capitals captain and Reading Is Cool spokesman Jeff Halpern
and team mascot Slapshot. Halpern will present Eaton with a team-signed Capitals jersey and sign autographs for the entire class during his upcoming visit.
The class attended the Caps game against Carolina April 5, where the students were recognized on the video board for their achievement. The Highland School students also received a surprise visit from Capitals forwards Ben Clymer and Matt Pettinger. Clymer and Pettinger stopped by the two suites Eaton’s class had won to sign autographs for and take pictures with the students, teachers and parents in attendance.
“Winning this competition has given my fifth graders a real sense of accomplishment,” Eaton said. “This whole experience has been something my students will never forget.”
The Capitals would also like to recognize the 2005-06 Reading Is Cool winners from the District of Columbia and Maryland. LaChelle Roberts’ sixth-grade class from Truesdell Elementary School in Northwest Washington read 833 books, an average of 52 books per student. Travis Long’s fourth-grade class from Avalon Elementary School in Fort Washington, Md., read 1,188 books, an average of 69 books per student. Both of these classes will receive a visit from Slapshot, signed Jeff Halpern
player cards and a team-signed hockey stick to display in their classrooms.
Eight additional schools have also won a visit from Slapshot for reading the most books per grade for each region. Slapshot will be stopping by the following classes: Kimberly Hughes’ fourth-grade class at John Eaton Elementary School and Myra Strauss’ fifth-grade class at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in the District of Columbia; Tricia Friedman’s third-grade class at Forcey Christian School, Deborah Waechter’s fifth-grade class at Darnestown Elementary School and Tara Nibert’s sixth-grade class at Rosa Parks Middle School in Maryland; and Carol Davenport’s third-grade class at Hollin Meadows Elementary School, Heather Evans’ fourth-grade class at Mountain View Elementary School and Roger Kingsbury’s sixth-grade class at Fairhill Elementary School in Virginia.
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 nearly 5,000 third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the Reading Is Cool program from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.