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Minnesota Wild Announces "Wild About Reading" Winners

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 new “Wild About Reading” program presented by Innovative Office Solutions. In November , Wild About Reading posters featuring Minnesota Wild Players were distributed to classrooms across the state. K-6 classrooms were asked to create a cheer incorporating their love for reading, school, hockey and the Minnesota Wild.


Twelve cheers were chosen from 51 entries and were available on www.wild.com for public voting from Jan. 3 - 15, 2008.  Over 65,000 votes were submitted. 

• The top two classrooms won the HAT TRICK Prize: A private trip to the Xcel Energy Center on March. 3rd to watch a Wild practice and the opportunity to have a Wild player read to the class at the arena (includes transportation, Xcel Energy Center presentation, lunch and a special Wild goodie bag for up to 30 students/chaperones). Recipients include Washington Elementary (Anoka) and Hilltop Elementary School (Inver Grove Heights).
  
• The other 10 classroom finalists won the GOAL LINE Prize: A Wild player’s wife, girlfriend or Wild staff member will travel to the schools and read in the classrooms. Recipients include: Edward Neill Elementary School (Burnsville), Andersen Elementary School (Bayport), Johnsville Elementary School (Blaine), Maple Lake Elementary School (Maple Lake), North Elementary School (Princeton), St. Michael Elementary School (St. Michael), Cambridge Primary School (Cambridge), Crest View Elementary School (Brooklyn Park), Castle Elementary School (Oakdale) and Sheridan Elementary School (St. Paul).

The “Wild About Reading” Program was launched in 2004 to help increase student literacy by providing incentives to read outside the classroom. Since it’s inception, more than 13,500 students from 350 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 community@wild.com. 
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