CORNISH, N.H. – Cornish Elementary School students enjoyed a special guest appearance from Fungo the Fisher Cat on Friday afternoon. Fully equipped with books, games, and trivia, the Fisher Cats mascot kicked off the school’s participation in the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge, presented by Velcro Companies.
Reminding students that “reading rules,” Fungo issued his challenge to the school and presented the rewards that come with it: thanks to Velcro Companies, students who read five books outside of the school curriculum will earn two tickets to a Fisher Cats Reading Challenge game in 2017. At their chosen game, those students will be recognized for their achievements and get to play catch on the field before the game.
“With our commitment to education and life-long learning, Velcro Companies applauds the Fisher Cats’ Reading Challenge and its efforts to fortify reading skills among children,” said Scott Filion, President, Americas. “We’re proud to support this program and look forward to strengthening our connection to the community by bringing families together at upcoming Fisher Cats games.”
“Developing a love for reading can be the cornerstone of a student’s education and growth,” said Jenna Raizes, Fisher Cats vice president and assistant general manager. “Our partnership with Velcro Companies and these schools gives us a valuable opportunity to share that important message with students in a fun, unique way across New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.”
The Fisher Cats assembly, one of nearly 40 that Fungo will make this school year, highlighted the importance of developing strong reading skills for a student’s immediate goals and their long-term ambitions. Students were treated to a live reading of the popular book, Enemy Pie, which promotes the values of friendship, community and compassion. The young scholars offered suggestions for what they would put into an “enemy pie,” and worked together to concoct a recipe for a great friendship.
Schools also have an incentive to encourage their students to complete the challenge. Schools with the highest student participation will share a $5,000 cash prize made possible by Velcro Companies and the Fisher Cats Foundation. This year’s prize will raise the total to $35,000 awarded through the reading program since 2011.
By the end of the academic year, the Fisher Cats will distribute more than 55,000 Reading Challenge bookmarks to at least 150 schools in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. These numbers will raise the program’s reach to more than 480,000 students since it began in 2007.
Through the partnership between the Fisher Cats and Velcro Companies, the Reading Challenge is free to all schools in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. To receive the program information, contact the Fisher Cats Community Relations team at (603) 641-2005.
The Reading Challenge is a part of the Fisher Cats year-round effort to give back to local communities. Since 2007, the Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation have provided more than $4 million in monetary and in-kind donations for thousands of organizations. In that time, the Fisher Cats Foundation has awarded $287,500 in scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.
Fisher Cats Opening Day 2017 is on Thursday, April 6 against the Binghamton Mets, Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets. Fisher Cats full and half-season tickets are available now and feature a wide variety of benefits, including reserved seating for the 2017 Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Classic, up to $100 in Fisher Cash, access to exclusive events like on-field batting practice, team autograph signings and more. Visit nhfishercats.com for more information.