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Hurricanes Visit Heritage Elementary

by Paul Branecky / Carolina Hurricanes

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Students at Heritage Elementary in Wake Forest were duly rewarded for their hard work with a visit from Rod Brind’Amour and other members of the team’s staff last Friday

The students earned the visit after raising the most money for their school out of all of the participating local schools. Money was raised by selling discounted tickets to select Hurricanes games.  Students in Wake County raised over $31,000 for Wake County Public Schools in the effort, which was made in conjunction with the Hurricanes’ ticket sales department, school PTA’s and Harris Teeter’s Together in Education Program.

In a special assembly held at the school and emceed by Hurricanes personality Ron the Ref and mascot Stormy, Brind’Amour held a lengthy question and answer session with the students.  They asked a number of questions ranging from how he got his start in hockey (as a child growing up in Canada), what the highlight of his career was (winning the Stanley Cup) and where Eric Staal was at the time (in Quebec preparing for the upcoming World Championships).

The culmination of the event was the presentation of a team-signed jersey, trophy and $3,020 check to the Heritage Elementary PTA from the Hurricanes organization.  The school plans to use the money on improved security measures to keep the kids safe at school.

In addition to Heritage Elementary, the second- and third-placed schools, Oak Grove Elementary and Baucom Elementary, respectively, also received a trophy and a team-signed jersey to be used for fundraising purposes.  The top five overall classes, two of which were at Heritage Elementary, received a Hurricanes party including a visit and class picture with Stormy and free frozen custard from Goodberry’s.  Goodberry’s also catered to the top individual class at each of the 27 participating schools.

On an individual level, each student who sold at least four tickets received a special Hurricanes prize pack.

Those interested in participating in next year’s program should email either Will Tomlinson or Brian Slais for more information.

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