This season, the Reading Is Cool presented by Comerica Bank program has brought the joy of reading to over 39,000 students in Santa Clara County and Southern Alameda County!
Throughout the school year, teachers distributed certificates, bookmarks, monthly medals and other incentives to help motivate students to reach their reading goals. Since the 2014-15 season started, S.J. Sharkie has visited over 150 classrooms to reward participating students for their exceptional progress in reading and, as a special treat, brought each classrooms a bag full of books for their school or classroom libraries.
These books came directly from our Sharks fans who contributed to our game-day book drives at the beginning of the season here at SAP Center, as well as twice during the year at our local Comerica Bank banking centers. Earlier this year, Sharks Goaltender #31 Alex Stalock and, Sharks alum, #81 Tyler Kennedy alongside S.J. Sharkie, hosted book drives at Comerica Bank’s Los Gatos and Willow Glen banking centers where over 600 books and close to $300 was donated to benefit the Reading Is Cool presented by Comerica Bank program.
The program’s culminating event, the All-Star Reader Night, took place on Saturday, March 7 where the Sharks Foundation hosted 10 children and a guest in a suite during the Sharks vs. Canucks game. Each child received a bag full Sharks goodies, high fived the players as they skated onto the ice and received special recognition on the video board. Each of these children participated in the Reading Is Cool presented by Comerica Bank program throughout the 2014-15 school year and were nominated by their teacher to experience this once-in-lifetime opportunity. The teachers also included a few sentences as to why their student was a worthy candidate:
“She reads every evening and has turned in her reading log consistently. She is also an excellent student who helps others, always with a smile on her face”.
“At the beginning of the year, this student was a timid reader who rarely read for pleasure. Now, more than halfway through the year, he reads for pleasure, volunteers to read aloud to the class, and reads at home to his parents. His reading level has improved 2 grade levels since the start of the year. He is definitely motivated to improve his reading understanding and fluency”.
“This student is a unique individual whose ferocious appetite for reading has earned her the Sharks 'Top Reader' nomination. She can be seen every day at school reading a book (or two) a day. She exclaims that reading is her hobby of choice. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction books, she reads with enthusiasm and proves to be a positive role-model for other students”.
The Sharks Foundation, the teachers, and, most importantly, the students would like to thank Comerica Bank for sponsoring this wonderful program for many years and a special thank you to all of the Sharks fans who regularly contribute to the Sharks Foundation’s various book drives to provide students with materials for their classrooms.
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