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Community: Over 4 Million Pages Read Through PUBAR in 2011-12

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 11:32 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Gabby Pinto
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Community: Over 4 Million Pages Read Through PUBAR in 2011-12


"You have to follow your dreams." "Family is the most important thing in life." "It is better for you to accept the change then to deny the change all your life." "A Tyrannosaurus Rex has an amazing sense of smell and a very small brain."

Gabby Pinto

No, these are not my random thoughts for the day. These quotes are real lessons and facts learned by third through fifth graders that participated in the Pick Up a Book and Read essay contest.

Ten students were recognized at the Pick Up a Book and Read Essay Recognition Luncheon for their excellence in writing an essay on a book that they read. The students were invited along with their parents and teachers to PNC Arena on May 7th for a lunch filled with pizza, cupcakes and Eric Staal. After the students were recognized as the top ten in the contest – with a special certificate, Jamie McBain bobblehead and a picture with Stormy – Staal took the floor for a Q&A with the kids. Some of my favorite questions were: "How do you feel when playing in front of millions of people?" "When did you first start playing hockey?" "What is your favorite book?"

He stressed the importance of reading to learn and develop the skills necessary to be successful in school and other facets of life.

After lunch, the top five students read their essays to an engaged crowd. The essay contest requires each student to choose a book they read and provide a brief summary, state what he/she liked best and least about the book and what lessons he/she learned. The essays are submitted by their teachers and graded by a committee of Hurricanes staff.

The essay contest is an optional portion of the Hurricanes’ Pick Up a Book and Read incentive reading program. Each season, teachers can register their classes and encourage and support their students to read and keep track of their pages read over a six-week period. During the 2011-2012 season, 3,200 students from 61 schools around North Carolina read over 4 million pages! We are ecstatic to see continued growth each year and expect to expand the program into more schools.

We are wrapping up Pick Up a Book and Read by awarding the top three schools with an assembly that includes a visit from Stormy, trivia questions and equipment relay races. Penny Road Elementary had their assembly April 26th and we will be visiting Davis Drive Elementary and Leesville Elementary next week.

Be on the look-out for videos from the assemblies and more information to come about next year’s program. Never underestimate the lessons that the kids in our community are learning from reading and continue to encourage each child to read during the summer. Read on, kids!



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45