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Read In Week promotes literacy, smiles

by Lauren Gilley / Edmonton Oilers
Octane member Oakley reads a book to students in a Grade 3 class at Pope John XXXIII Elementary in Fort Saskatchewan.

For kids across Oil Country, Read In Week is always a special one. While students often hear of how important reading is from their parents and teachers, Read In Week provides a unique opportunity for special guests to ignite a student’s interest in literacy. Currently in its 22nd year, the Edmonton Public Library initiative encourages “all ages and all stages” to enjoy the reading experience.

This year, the Oilers Octane got involved and visited 12 schools throughout the week.

“Reading is so important in every aspect of life; it’s an amazing and necessary skill to have,” said Octane rookie, Oakley after reading ‘The Wonderful Book’ to a grade three class at Pope John XXXIII Elementary in Fort Saskatchewan.

“I want to be a good role model and set a good example by letting (the students) know not to give up on reading; it will get you places.”

As the Library Technician at Pope John XXXIII Elementary, May-Lee Buban feels passionate about promoting literacy and involving members of the community to spread the message that reading is fun.

“I think you see reading on a more exciting level when people from the community, who the kids respect and admire, come in and talk about the importance of literacy,” she said with a grin. “It makes reading seem like more of an adventure!”

For the Octane, who are currently preparing for the Oilers Home Opener on October 9, taking time to support community programs such as Read In Week is a priority. Director and Head Coach of the Oilers Octane, Dr. Mailie Harris accompanied some of the girls to elementary schools around the Edmonton area this week.

"The Octane value being active in the northern Alberta community and enjoy being a part of programs like Read In Week,” said Dr. Harris. “Having the Oilers Octane demonstrate that reading can be both fun and enjoyable will hopefully make a lasting impression on the children they meet."

The Oilers Octane are currently gearing up for their second season. They perform at all Edmonton Oilers home games, interact with fans, help with in-game promotions and attend community events around Oil Country.

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