Tracking the Storm

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

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 11:32 AM ET / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72