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Ducks to Celebrate 'Reading is the Goal' Day on Tuesday, November 14

Players Korbinian Holzer and Kevin Bieksa to visit children at Centralia Elementary and participate in school assembly promoting literacy

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The Ducks will visit Centralia Elementary School in Anaheim this Tuesday, November 14 for the 11th annual Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Reading is the Goal Day. Staff members from the club will make personal classroom visits from kindergarten through sixth grade throughout the day promoting the Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education) reading program. The event will culminate with an assembly for children in grades 4 through 6 featuring Ducks players Korbinian Holzer and Kevin Bieksa along with Kevin's wife, Katie Bieksa, author of acclaimed novel Newport Jane. Ducks host John Ahlers will emcee the assembly with Wild Wing on hand for a portion of the activities throughout the day.

Centralia Elementary School, part of the first school district in Orange County, has been a participant in the Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program since its inaugural season in 2005-06. As part of Reading is the Goal Day, Ducks staff members will visit classrooms from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Each visit will include a discussion on the importance of reading as well as a question and answer session for the students. During lunch time, students will have the opportunity to play street hockey on the playground with the Ducks C.R.E.W (Community Recreation, and Educational Workforce). Reading is the Goal Day will conclude with the assembly (1:15 p.m.) where Holzer and the Bieksas will read a hockey-themed book and answer student questions.

Reading is the Goal, a division of the Ducks' S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation and Education) program, is free to all fourth-grade students in Southern California and is made possible by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. The program rewards students for their time spent reading per day within a 30-day period. S.C.O.R.E. aims to convey the importance of reading as the foundation to success and to begin cultivating a love for reading amongst the participants in the program. Over 9,000 students from over 300 classrooms benefitted from the 30-day reading program during the 2016-17 season.

The award-winning 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. Through its initiatives, Ducks S.C.O.R.E. has contributed to the educational landscape within traditional and non-traditional settings while impacting over 45,000 students annually.

In addition to Reading is the Goal, S.C.O.R.E. includes school supplies donations and the First Flight Field Trip as part of its in-class education initiatives. The physical education component of S.C.O.R.E. was designed to teach students the fundamentals of hockey, the importance of healthy living and positive character traits. All Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program initiatives are free of charge to schools and students through funding from the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. The mission of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation is to facilitate and support programs that produce positive change for children and families throughout Southern California by providing educational opportunities, broadening access to the sport of hockey and addressing the health and wellness needs of our community.

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