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MESP joins Abby’s Red Wings for Reading

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Forward Justin Abdelkader is teaming up with the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) for the Red Wings for Reading program to encourage Michigan elementary school students to read this school year.

In the second season of the program, Abdelkader will continue to donate a pair of Red Wings tickets to each home game during the 2013-14 regular season to incentivize kids to read for fun. Students who win the chance to attend a Red Wings game will receive two tickets, a pair of meal vouchers, a goody bag with promotional items and an autographed Abdelkader photo. Winning students will be recognized at the game as Abby’s All Stars. The school that submits the most entries by Feb. 1, 2014, will have the opportunity to have Abdelkader read to a classroom in March.

“The Michigan Education Savings Program appreciates Justin Abdelkader’s commitment to Michigan’s schoolchildren,” said Jennifer Howey, MESP senior marketing manager. “Like MESP, Justin knows that education is key to becoming a winner in life. A quality education should be every child’s goal, and we’re pleased to have the Red Wings and Justin Abdelkader on our team.”

To enter, any Michigan elementary student between kindergarten and fifth grade must read three of Abdelkader’s favorite children’s books for their respective age group and then have their guardian submit an entry form, available at, confirming that the child read those three books. Each participating student will receive a Red Wings reading fan pack courtesy of MESP, which includes a 2” x 7” two-sided bookmark featuring Abdelkader, a Red Wings sticker and a personalized certificate congratulating the student on reading all three books.

Kindergarten – Second Grade Books:
1. Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
2. Curious George by Margaret Rey and H. A. Rey
3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

Third – Fifth Grade Books:
1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

About Michigan Education Savings Program: MESP is one of three Michigan Section 529 plans, all of which offer Michigan taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and potential tax-free growth on any earnings if account proceeds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. MESP can be used at any eligible college, university or trade school in the nation for a variety of qualified expenses, including tuition, mandatory equipment, fees, certain room and board costs, supplies and books. Limitations apply. See the MESP Disclosure Booklet for details. To learn more about MESP, visit or contact us at 877-861-6377.

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