NEA-NH, along with the Children’s Fund, have joined forces with the Manchester Monarchs for a season of healthy reading. An affiliate of the L.A. Kings, the Monarchs have been an important economic driver for the city and region as well as one of the best minor league hockey teams in the country for the last 16 years.
But it’s not just because they provide great entertainment value and an exciting brand of hockey that we have chosen to partner with the Monarchs. Over the course of their history the Monarchs have been very active in the community through the Monarchs Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization. Since its inception in 2001, the Monarchs Care Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to local charities and organizations, and is now prioritizing its efforts to help battle the opioid crisis.
November 15 was Education Day with the Monarchs and the 10:00 a.m. game at SNHU Arena became the largest classroom in New Hampshire. More than 5,000 students attended the morning game and received an Education Day Workbook with information about the game, and lessons in math, science, geography, history and English tied to a hockey theme. Workbook activities were developed to provide cross-disciplinary opportunities for students to write about what they read, solve problems, and analyze resources. NEA-NH provided tickets to help students attend the game.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the celebration of reading and literacy into our classrooms and schools all year long as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of NEA’s Read Across America,” said NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle.
As part of the partnership, this year, NEA-NH and the Monarchs will bring the Healthy Hat Trick Program to schools around the state. The Healthy Hat Trick Program has specific exercises and nutritional information for students to learn in conjunction with their physical education and health classes, setting age appropriate goals for students. Monarch players will also be visiting classes to help share the Healthy Hat Trick program.
Saturday March 24th, 2018 is Read Across America Night during the Monarchs game against Adirondack. That night, the Monarchs are planning on wearing Lorax-themed jerseys which will be auctioned off at the end of the game. All proceeds from the auction will go to our Children’s Fund.
In addition, students from New Hampshire schools will have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem, God Bless America, the Canadian National Anthem, and a Pep Band performance. Students will also be invited to the 3 High Five Tunnels throughout the game. NEA-NH president Megan Tuttle will participate in the Puck Drop and just might be accompanied by our friend the Cat in the Hat.
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The Manchester Monarchs are sponsoring Opioid Awareness Night this Saturday, November 18th at 6pm. For group tickets, visit Manchester Monarchs vs. Adirondack Thunder – DEA Night.