Building on the success of the Islanders School programs—We’re All Islanders School Assembly Program, Islanders Literacy Day, and the I.S.L.E.S. (Islanders Street Learning Experience)—the Islanders organization will create hockey-themed lesson plans covering elements of reading, writing, math, physical education and health studies.
Beginning in May, teachers can begin signing up and become part of this exciting, free program. Teachers who are looking to sign up for the We’re All Islanders School Assembly Program, Islanders Literacy Day, and the Islanders Street Learning Experience Program will need to sign up for the new @ School Program in order for their school to be considered.
The Islanders @ School Program follows the success of programs such as the "We're All Islanders" School Assembly Program, presented by The Lighthouse Development Group, Supercuts and National Grid, which reached out to dozens of schools and tens of thousands of local students to help teach the importance of teamwork.
The program's first season—in 2007-08—visited 32 schools, including more than 18,000 students in Nassau and Suffolk County. This past season, the program increased its coverage, expanding to 55 schools, including 31,730 students. The program also expanded to nine schools in Queens, which included 6,800 students.
For the @ School Program, the Islanders are targeting 100 schools and more than 100,000 children from throughout the New York Metropolitan area.
The assembly includes videos, featuring highlights of the Islanders in action and IslandersTV "Skates and Smarts," hosted by Head Coach Scott Gordon. Gordon, along with some of his players, use a classroom setting to describe the necessary ingredients to achieving teamwork. Islanders Arena Hostess Dina, who serves as the host of the Assembly Program—along with mascot Sparky the Dragon—uses interactive demonstrations to show how teamwork breeds success.
The program also provides two street hockey nets, two sets of sticks and five street hockey balls to each of the school's physical education departments. ATTENTION TEACHERS: If you are interested in getting more information about the program, please contact Ann Rina at Ann.Rina@newyorkislanders.com or by calling her at 516.501.6870.