The Chicago Wolves’ Read To Succeed program, presented by JULIE, Inc., continues to thrive as it partners with libraries and schools throughout the Chicago area. More than 500,000 kids benefited from Read To Succeed during its first 23 years.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wolves are unable to schedule players for their traditional appearances at libraries and schools right now. However, our mascot Skates has stepped up with his new Story Time with Skates initiative! Skates and a member of the Wolves staff have set aside Tuesday afternoons for joining virtual classrooms or library alcoves to read books.
Choose one of Skates’ favorite books — “Z is for Zamboni,” “That’s Not Hockey” or “The Magic Hockey Stick” — and it will be read to your group to encourage reading and the enjoyment of positive themes. Skates is available at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Dec. 29. Story times are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All visits are conducted via Zoom or Google Meet and are limited to 100 people.
Story Time with Skates is one more way the Read To Succeed program fosters a love for reading. The goal for each young participant is to spend more time in libraries and take advantage of the valuable resources they have to offer, as well as understand the benefits of reading as a recreational tool.
Read To Succeed offers rewards to students and young library patrons to encourage them to reach their reading goals. Everyone who completes their reading program receives a certificate for a complimentary ticket to a 2020-21 Chicago Wolves home game. While our community and our schools function a little differently this year due to the coronovirus, we are still here to help everyone accomplish their goals!
If your school or local library is not participating in our free program, you can still win a free ticket to any Wolves game by achieving your goals! Download the reading log below and start tracking your minutes. Take a photo or scan in your completed reading log to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free ticket!