Once upon a time, forty students at Noble Elementary School sat in their multi-purpose room intently listening to Fremont Bank Reading Is Cool volunteers read stories about dogs, fish and sharks. All the students were quiet as they listened to the stories, until they head a loud and mysterious noise coming from behind a dark curtain. Suddenly, out jumped S.J. Sharkie! To their amazement, Sharkie came out and high-fived, chomped and hugged all the students. Sharkie then joined the volunteers reading to the students, and managed to restrain himself from eating the book about fish.
This is just a typical day for S.J. Sharkie and the Fremont Bank Reading Is Cool Program. As part of the program, volunteers from Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment are joined by the San Jose Sharks mascot for an hour of reading to students before donating a bag of books to the class. Two classrooms are chosen at random per month to receive this special read-in, and are generally limited to kindergarten through third grade.
for video recap from S.J. Sharkie's visit.
Read-ins are just one aspect of the Fremont Bank Reading Is Cool Program. Schools can also sign up for monthly individual reading awards, Top Reader Night at HP Pavilion, monthly classroom visits, book drives, and celebrity story hours featuring the San Jose Sharks players.
The Fremont Bank Reading Is Cool Program is run by The Sharks Foundation and The Fremont Bank Foundation, with support from FSN Bay Area. This free literacy program is open to all K-6 grade public school classes in Santa Clara County and Southern Alameda County (Newark, Fremont, and Union City). For more information about the Fremont Bank Reading Is Cool Program, click here