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Wild About Reading Winners Announced

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today the winners of the 2007 “Wild About Reading” Program.  The following students were the top readers in each grade level and will receive a Minnesota Wild jersey:

1st Grade: Rafat Solaiman from South Elementary School in St. Peter
2nd Grade: Grady Wieczorek from Glory Academy in Lakeville
3rd Grade: Matea Smith from Loyola Catholic School in Mankato
4th Grade: Yseult Romero from Washburn Elementary School in Bloomington
5th Grade: Grace Brang from St. John - St. Andrew Catholic School in Melrose
6th Grade: Dustin Hauser from St. Philip’s School in Bemidji

The top classroom with the highest reading total was Sister Catarina’s 6th grade class from St. Agnes School in St. Paul.  This class wins the choice of either a classroom visit by a Wild representative or an Xcel Energy Center tour.

The “Wild About Reading” Program was launched in 2004 to help increase student literacy by providing incentives to read outside the classroom.  More than 6,300 students from 125 schools throughout the state of Minnesota participated in this year’s program, which ran from Feb. 1 through March 30, 2007.  Each teacher who participated in the program choose a four-week period for their classroom to keep track of its reading outside of school.  Students’ reading minutes had to come from leisure reading, not from homework or other school programs.  All students received a reading scorecard to keep track of the number of minutes they read and a Wes Walz Player Card by registering for the program.

For more information on participating in the “Wild About Reading” Program next year please contact the Minnesota Wild’s Joelle Nelson at (651) 602-6000.

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