READING PROGRAMS - Sponsored by Cross Valley Federal Credit Union
In an effort to strengthen an already solid community relationship, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins established the “All-Star Reading Program” in 2007. It was designed to reward school children in grades K through 6 for their reading efforts. A free home game ticket voucher was awarded to all students for every five books he or she read. There was no limit to the number of vouchers a student could earn. Pages and pages later, over 60,000 books were read by over 8,000 of our local youngsters.
The classroom which had the most books read during the campaign was also awarded a pizza party, attended by Penguins players and team mascot Tux. Scottie Saver, mascot from Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, has joined the visits to double the fun!
The Penguins went on to rename this program in honor of Darcy Robinson, a former Penguins player who passed away in October, 2007, while playing overseas. ‘Robo’ knew the joy that books can bring more than most – he battled dyslexia from a young age, and thoroughly appreciated the wonders of the written word.
The Robo’s Readers program, sponsored by Cross Valley FCU, will be an annual feature, in which our local school children can participate and truly have a good time while reading.
The Penguins would like to sincerely thank all of our local superintendents, principals, reading specialists, and teachers for encouraging students to open up their minds by opening up a book. We look forward to more fun each season!
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