SANDOWN — Students at Sandown Elementary School were visited by Fungo, the mascot for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, last week.
Fungo visited the school to launch its participation in the 2013-2014 Fisher Cats Reading Challenge.
Fungo’s challenge to the student’s was a simple one: If you read five books outside your normal curriculum, you will earn two tickets to a Fisher Cats Reading Challenge Game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in the spring.
The Fisher Cats’ assembly, one of about 40 that Fungo and the Fisher Cats will make this school year, highlighted the importance of developing strong reading skills to these students. The assembly featured interactive games and healthy living tips like exercising and eating right.
By the end of the academic year, the Fisher Cats will distribute 60,000 Reading Challenge bookmarks to students across New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, reaching approximately 150 schools. This will raise the program’s reach to more than 260,000 students since 2007.
In addition to the individual challenge, students will represent their school in a special team competition for the fourth straight year. Through a donation from the Fisher Cats Foundation, the schools with the highest percentage of students who complete the Reading Challenge will be eligible to win one of three prizes totaling $5,000 for their schools.
The program is available at no charge to all schools in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.
Opening day at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is April 10 against the Binghamton Mets. For tickets, visit nhfishercats.com or call 641-2005.