Rush to Read More

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Rapid City Schools are celebrating reading - with the Rush Hockey players.

Partnering with United Way, Black Hills Energy and Vast Broadband, Rush players hope to generate more interest in reading for younger students. The Rapid City School District will have the Rush Players reading to them and the players will put out PSAs to encourage families to read to their children.

“Well I am really hoping that, that our students as they engage with our Rush players and are read to them get excited about reading and really listen to that message of reading everyday and why it's so important that you're a good reader,” said Lori Simon, Rapid City Schools Superintendent.

Along with the Rush Players reading to students, the 2nd and 3rd graders will get bused to their morning game Feb 7th. Having the students at the game is just as exciting for the players.

"The high pitched screaming throughout the entire game that's for sure. I can remember the first game I played in, it was a students' game. These kind of games I always get a good little chuckle out of when I was actually a player and you never forget those kinds of things,” said Nello Ferrara, Rapid city Assistant Coach.

Also, each week a random student will win a six pack of tickets to a Rush game of their choosing.