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2009 Cheer Contest winners announced

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the winning classrooms of the Wild About Reading Cheer Contest presented by Innovative Office Solutions. In an effort to promote the importance of reading to students in grades K-6 and to give them an incentive to read outside the classroom, the Minnesota Wild developed the Wild About Reading program in partnership with Innovative Office Solutions. In November, Wild About Reading posters featuring Minnesota Wild Players and Wild Mascot Nordy were distributed to classrooms across the state. In addition, K-6 classrooms were asked to create a cheer incorporating their love for reading, school, hockey and the Minnesota Wild.

Twelve Wild About Reading cheers were chosen from 33 entries and were available on for public voting from Dec. 23, 2008-Jan. 16, 2009. Over 180,000 votes were submitted. 

·    The top two classrooms, Johnsville Elementary School (Blaine) and Redwood Valley Middle School (Redwood Falls) won the HAT TRICK Prize:

An opportunity to watch a Wild practice and have a Wild player read to their group at Xcel Energy Center (winning group must provide own transportation) OR A pack of school supplies valued at $500.
·    10 classrooms (Cambridge Primary School (Cambridge), St. Peter’s Catholic School (Forest Lake), Isanti Primary School (Isanti), Parker Elementary (Elk River), Parkview Elementary (White Bear Lake), Edgerton Elementary (Maplewood), Rosemount Elementary (Rosemount), TEAM Academy Charter School (Waseca), and two classrooms from Maple Lake Elementary (Maple Lake) won the GOAL LINE Prize:

A Wild player’s significant other or Wild staff member will travel to your school and read to the
winning classroom.

The Wild About Reading Program was launched in 2004 to help increase student literacy by providing incentives to read outside the classroom. Since its inception, more than 30,516 students from 639 schools throughout the state of Minnesota have participated in the Wild About Reading program. For more information on the Wild About Reading program please contact Minnesota Wild Community Relations at

MORE: 2008-09 Wild About Reading Cheer Contest Home Page

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