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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation will host the 2007 Education Night presented by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union for local students at the St. Pete Times Forum on April 6, 2007. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Hillsborough Education Foundation.

Fifth grade students from Roosevelt Elementary School will be taught the “Hockey by Numbers” program from 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 Meeting 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 cross-state rival Florida Panthers at 8 p.m.

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