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Ducks Receive Celebrate Literacy Award

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Each year, on behalf of the International Reading Association (IRA), the Orange County Reading Association (OCRA) presents the Celebrate Literacy Award to an organization, individual, or agency for making a significant contribution to the promotion of literacy. Through Reading Is the Goal, the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E program was given this award on March 12th at OCRA’s yearly Author Tea event.

The Orange County Reading Association (OCRA) is a professional organization of teachers, administrators, reading specialists, paraprofessionals, parents and others interested in the teaching of reading and the improvement of reading at all levels.

Ann Jones, Chair of Citations and Awards for the OCRA, Ducks Manager of Fan Development Joseph Hwang and Director of Fan Development Matt Savant.

The Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program was developed in 2005 with the ultimate goal of promoting healthy living and academic excellence to all students in Southern California. Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum Of Recreation & Education) offers free educational programs and incentives for teachers and students, and participates in educational programs in the community by sending its players, coaches and front office staff to schools.

The Reading is the Goal program assists teachers in communicating the importance of reading while cultivating the love of reading among students. This program has been documented to raise reading aptitude among students and school test scores. Through the use of a rewards system, students, classrooms and schools will have a chance to win great Ducks prizes. To learn more about the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program visit

The International Reading Association (IRA) was founded in 1956 as a nonprofit professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Our members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by:

- Improving the quality of reading instruction

- Disseminating research and information about reading

- Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

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