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Capitals and Chevy Chase Bank Launch 2007-08 Reading Is Cool Program

Wednesday, 09.12.2007 / 10:44 AM / Community
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Capitals and Chevy Chase Bank Launch 2007-08 Reading Is Cool Program\r\n
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Chevy Chase Bank have teamed up to launch the expanded 2007-08 Reading Is Cool program, beginning today, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2007. Since its creation in 2000, Reading Is Cool has been one of the team’s most popular community-driven programs with more than 24,000 students taking part in the educational initiative in its six years of existence.
 
The program was created to encourage students to develop essential reading habits while also demonstrating the importance of working as a team toward a common goal. This season the team is switching it up and adding a theme, Reading Is Cool: Make it a Habit! The Capitals and Chevy Chase Bank have expanded the program and this season are challenging local students in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades to complete a series of reading challenges. Each month from October through February the program will focus on a different type of reading.
 
Local third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teachers are encouraged to register their classes at WashingtonCaps.com. The first 200 classes to register, space permitting, will be selected to participate in the program. The Capitals are aiming for 5,000 students to be enrolled in Reading Is Cool this year.
 
Each month, students enrolled in the program will tackle unique reading challenges by working toward the program’s goals. Those classes that have all students achieve their goals for a particular month will be eligible to win either a visit from a Capitals player or up to 30 tickets to a predetermined Capitals game. During the course of the season, five classes will win tickets to a Capitals game and five classes will win a player visit.
 
To promote individual achievement through Reading Is Cool, the Capitals will recognize students that go above and beyond the goals set for a particular month. The Capitals will select at least one student each month to be a Reader Leader, and this student’s reader profile will be featured on the website. All participants will receive a deluxe pencil kit case, student workbook to track their progress, Capitals temporary tattoo, Capitals pocket schedule and a certificate of completion.
 
For more information about Reading Is Cool, visit the community page of WashingtonCaps.com or contact Jennifer Vassil at 202-266-2200 or jvassil@washcaps.com.
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