The Lake Elsinore Storm Professional Baseball Team has embarked on its annual tour of local communities, with over 40 area elementary schools set to be visited by Storm mascot Thunder and Storm staff as part of the Reading for Rewards program (RFR). This year marks the 17th edition of the program, which was created in an effort to promote the importance of reading.
This year's theme is "Commit To Be Fit with Thunder." Members of the Storm front office and the big green dog put on an interactive performance at each school they visit, spelling out the word "Healthy" letter by letter and sharing Thunder's thoughts on how we can all be healthier and happier than ever before.
Each student receives a booklet that includes a short poem about Thunder's commitment to a healthy lifestyle and a bookmark to track the number of books they read. Once a student reads ten books, fills out their bookmark and turns it in to their teacher, that student will receive two free tickets to a Storm game this summer.
"We're especially excited for this year's RFR tour," Director of Mascot Operations Drake Fenlon said. "We have expanded our reach to include schools that missed out last year in an effort to bring fun to as many local kids as we can."
"In the end, it's all about encouraging the kids about the importance of reading," Storm mascot Thunder added through Fenlon, his translator.
The program - which made its first stop on Friday, January 20 - goes through the beginning of March and all told will impact over 60,000 local children.
All 2017 in-person visits have been scheduled, but If your school would still like to participate in the program by receiving bookmarks this year, contact Drake Fenlon via firstname.lastname@example.org. To bring the Reading for Rewards program to your school in 2018 or to find out more about Storm Baseball, call (951) 245-HITS or log on to stormbaseball.com.
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