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Lightning Host Education Night At St. Pete Times Forum

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union will host the 2008 Education Night for local students tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum as the Lightning face the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 p.m., Sun Sports, AM620 WDAE).  A portion of all proceeds will benefit SERVE. A private, nonprofit agency founded in 1969, SERVE recruits diversely talented volunteers from the community to serve the Hillsborough County public schools by enriching the curriculum, assisting school administrators, and meeting the needs of individual students.

During this special evening fifth grade students from Alafia Elementary School will be taught the “Hockey by Numbers” program by Lightning television broadcaster Rick Peckham.  The program is designed to tie together awareness of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s achievements with fifth grade FCAT math concepts.  Peckham will perform the program at 4 p.m. in the Calder Room on the Chrysler Suite Level at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The 30-40 minute presentation will incorporate video highlights of the team and a workbook containing math problems relating to the Lightning and its players. Students will apply formulas they work with each day in class to learn about the hockey club’s star players, how the team travels, and how a total team concept can result in a championship.

After the ‘Hockey by Numbers’ program children will receive a tour of the Tom McEwen Press Box by Lightning Radio Play-by-Play announcer Dave Mishkin and will experience a tutorial on game operations from Jim Ciotoli, Lightning Director of Broadcast Production and Game Operations.

Children will receive a behind the scenes tour of the St. Pete Times Forum upon their arrival administered by representatives of the Lightning Foundation.  Following the tour guests will have an exclusive dinner reception sponsored by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union.  In the reception participants will learn about the Tampa Bay Lightning education initiatives and partnerships with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, St. Petersburg Times, Newspapers in Education Program and SERVE.

Following the meeting the children will watch the Lightning take on the division rival Hurricanes.

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