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Bulletin: The Senators in your community for Nov. 18-24

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

Friday, Nov. 18, 2005



From the Sens @ School programs to Spartacat appearances

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators are seven weeks into the NHL schedule but the team's year-long agenda continues with community outreach programs throughout the National Capital Region, which include the popular Sens @ School programs, Bell First Skills Challenge and numerous Spartacat appearances.

The following is a look at the Ottawa Senators' community schedule from Friday, Nov. 18, to Thursday, Nov. 24.


Bell Skills First Challenge: Next stop, Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior

The Bell Skills First Challenge will host its third regional qualifying event Saturday, Nov. 19, in Arnprior at the Nick Smith Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 80 players from 10 different atom-aged teams from across the Ottawa Valley will compete for the right to qualify for the Bell Skills First Challenge finals to be held at the Corel Centre on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau will welcome the next qualifying event on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The 2005-06 Bell Skills First Challenge provides atom-aged players the opportunity to compete against their peers in various skill challenges. The top five house-league and competitive players will participate alongside the Senators and in front of thousands of fans during the Bell Sens SuperSkills Competition.


Saturday, Nov. 19 - Help Santa Toy Parade (Ottawa)
Sunday, Nov. 20 - Welcoming of Santa Claus to Galleries de Hull
Wednesday, Nov. 23 - Be A Star with the Stars Gala (for the Ottawa Distress Center)
Thursday, Nov. 24 - Rock Détente radio-thon for Le Club des Petits Déjeuners (at Galleries de Hull)
Friday, Nov. 25 - United Way pancake breakfast at Nepean High School


Each month the Ottawa Senators randomly select six classes who achieved their reading goal and reward them with a Sparty Party, which includes a pizza lunch courtesy of Pizza Pizza, juice from Coca-Cola, books from Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's and prizing courtesy of the club. Also each month, one class receives a surprise visit from a Senators player. Next week Spartacat will be visiting the following schools as part of the Scotiabank Read to Succeed program and other Sens @ School programs.

Friday, Nov. 18 (noon to 1 p.m.) - Scotiabank Read to Succeed:
Barbara Martinez's Grade 3 class at W. Erskine Johnston Public School (Kanata)
Guest reader: Cyril Leeder, Ottawa Senators chief operating officer

Wednesday, Nov. 23 (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) - Scotiabank Read to Succeed:
Karen Baker's Grades 1 and 2 class at Montague Public School (Smiths Falls)

Thursday, Nov. 24 (10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.):
Morrisburg Public School - Food drive kickoff (with Scotiabank)

Thursday, Nov. 24 (11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.) - Scotiabank Read to Succeed:
Cindy Shields' Grade 3 class at St. Mark Catholic School (Prescott)

Sens Student All Stars

During the 2004-05 school year, the Sens Student All-Star program, with the assistance of Algonquin College and Premier Agenda's, helped school administrators and teachers identify and recognize achievement through teamwork, leadership and extracurricular involvement. Students who achieved various goals based on these criteria were eligible to win Senators prizes each month.

From more than 2,000 of last year's monthly winners, five students were chosen through a random draw to receive a $500 award. This award will be directed back to improve their school, as selected by the recipient. This week the Senators will present the final two awards to the schools and their recipients.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 (1:45 p.m.) - Sens Student All-Stars:
Smiths Falls District Collegiate (Smiths Falls), student Jonathon Lee
Sens Student All-Stars $500 cheque presentation

Thursday, Nov. 24 (1:20 p.m.) - Sens Student All Stars:
Brockville Collegiate Institute, student Matt Quick
Sens Student All-Star $500 cheque presentation

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