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Education Programs

The Admirals believe that education is vital to the development of a strong community. As a result, they are involved in several education programs in the Hampton Roads area. The Admirals periodically visit local schools where they read to students, share different languages and cultures, give geography lessons, and more. Here are some of the programs that the Admirals are supporting, participating in, or coordinating this season:

Reading Programs

During the 2008-2009 season, nearly 25,000 students in nearly 1,400 classrooms participated in the Admirals All-Star Reader Program. The program rewards elementary school readers with tickets to Admirals games. In order to earn free tickets, students in grade levels K – 2 are required to read a minimum of ten books and students in grade levels 3 – 5 are required to read five books. After reaching their goal, the students received Admirals bookmarks that entitled the reader to free tickets to attend Admirals games.

Congratulations to Ms. Dewispelaere’s class from Douglas Park Elementary in Portsmouth, Ms. Hardison’s class from Booker T. Washington Elementary in Suffolk, Ms. Coates’ class from Tallwood Elementary in Virginia Beach, and Ms. King’s class from Magruder Elementary in Williamsburg. These were the top All-Star Reader classes in their school districts!

Former Admiral Pete Zingoni reads to Ms. King’s class at Magruder Elementary School in Williamsburg
The following 50 schools participated in the Admirals All-Star Reader Program during the 2008-09 season:

Churchland Academy
Douglas Park
John Tyler
Olive Branch
Winner: Douglas Park - 424 Books

Booker T. Washington
Kilby Shores
Mack Benn Jr.
Mount Zion
Winner: Booker T. Washington - 600 Books

Bethel Manor
Grafton Bethel
Yorktown Boy Scout Pack 81
Winner: Magruder - 421 Books
City of Virginia Beach
College Park
John B. Dey
Kempsville Meadows
King's Grant
Linkhorn Park Luxford
New Castle
Ocean Lakes
Pembroke Meadows
Point O'View
Red Mill
Rosemont Forest
Windsor Oaks
Windsor Woods
Winner: Tallwood - 649 Books


Recommended Reading

The Norfolk Admirals would like to share their favorite books with you.
Take this list to your local library or book store and see if you enjoy the same stories as the team!

Ice Magic, by Matt Christopher
Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet, by Matt Napier, Illustrated by Melanie Rose
Brady Brady and the Runaway Goalie, by Mary Shaw , Illustrated by Chuck Temple
Magic Hockey Skates, by Allen Morgan, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Hockey Sweater, by Roch Carrier
How Hockey Works: The Science of Hockey, by Keltie Thomas
Kidnapped in Sweden (Screech Owls Series #5), by Roy MacGregor
Hockey: Miracle on Ice, by Michael Sandler
Frankenstein Doesn’t Slam Hockey Pucks, by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet, by Matt Napier
Bucks & Pucks Program

The Admirals are happy to help area schools and other organizations raise funds through the Bucks & Pucks Fundraising Program. Tickets are offered to organizations at the discounted rate of $10, with $2 of each ticket going directly back to the organization. The Admirals have helped area organizations raise more than $35,000 through the Bucks and Pucks Program since it began in 2006.

For more information or to apply for the Bucks & Pucks program, please click here.

In January, the Admirals visited several area schools where players read to students in celebration of Literacy Month..
Please click on any of the below pictures to see more photos of the Admirals during Literacy Month.

Juraj Simek
Blair Jones and Chris Lawrence
January 6, 2009
January 14, 2009
Juraj Simek
Blair Jones and Chris Lawrence

Mike McKenna
Scott Jackson and Juraj Simek
January 15, 2009
January 22, 2009
Mike Mckenna
Scott Jackson and Juraj Simek


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