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Fisher Cats Foundation, Velcro USA Inc. Award $5,000 to Local Schools

Nine schools recognized for perfect Reading Challenge participation
May 22, 2014

The Fisher Cats Foundation and Velcro USA Inc. awarded $5,000 to local schools on Saturday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Nine schools were honored on the field for having one-hundred-percent of their students complete the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge presented by Velcro USA Inc. during the 2013-2014 academic year. Three of those schools took home cash prizes for completing the challenge.

The nine schools from across New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts were recognized as finalists during Saturday's pre-game ceremony for having every student complete the challenge by reading five books outside their normal school curriculum. Each school was entered into a drawing to win one of three cash prizes, totaling $5,000, from the Fisher Cats Foundation. Webster Elementary earned the top prize of $3,000; St. Joseph Regional Junior High School and Highland-Goffe's Falls Elementary School were each awarded a $1,000 prize for their all-encompassing efforts during the challenge.

"This is a tremendous success for the faculty and students at each and every one of these schools," said Fisher Cats president Rick Brenner. "We congratulate them for putting in the time and effort to meet our challenge this year. Their dedication shows a true commitment to the improvement of their education both in the classroom and at home."

"We at Velcro USA Inc. are thrilled to be supporting such a fantastic program.", Scott Filion, President Velcro USA Inc. " The commitment shown by both the students who completed the challenge and the teachers who guided them is commendable. Everyone did a great job and we are happy to be a part of it!"

On Saturday night, faculty members from Ashby Elementary, Bakersville School, Highland-Goffes Falls School, Maple Avenue School, Salisbury Elementary, St. Benedict Academy, St. Joseph Regional Junior High School, Thomas Ditson Elementary School, and Webster Elementary School were celebrated for their success. Four of the schools - Ashby Elementary, Maple Avenue, Salisbury Elementary, and St. Joseph - have been recognized for their participation efforts in successive years.

During the school year, the Fisher Cats and Velcro USA Inc. reached out to approximately 60,000 students in more than 150 schools to present this year's Reading Challenge. Students needed to complete the challenge in order to earn individual recognition at a Fisher Cats game. Upon completing the challenge, each student received a pair of tickets, courtesy of Velcro USA, to a Fisher Cats Reading Challenge game and the opportunity to participate in a pre-game parade around the field.

The Fisher Cats return home to begin their first series with the Future Red Sox, the Portland Sea Dogs, on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. The series, which begins with Atlas Fireworks, includes two fireworks shows, a Sunday hat giveaway presented by Coca-Cola, and an American Flag giveaway to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday courtesy of BAE Systems. Tickets are available at www.nhfishercats.com or by calling (603) 641-2005.

About Velcro Industries

Velcro Industries together comprise a technology-driven, global organization providing fastening solutions that solve problems in simple, elegant and surprising ways for businesses and consumers around the world. With more than 50 years of experience, Velcro Industries is proud of their heritage in innovation. Velcro Industries B.V. owns over 300 active patents and numerous trademarks, including the VELCRO® mark which is registered throughout the world. Velcro Industries offer global resources for world-class solutions, with manufacturing locations in Spain, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China and sales offices around the world. "Like" VELCRO® Brand on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/velcrobrand or visit www.velcro.com for more information."