The Columbus Blue Jackets, committed to using its resources to enrich the lives of students through the National Hockey League club’s Hockey in the Classroom initiative, announced today that registration for the club’s educational programs for 2020-21 is now open. These programs, which are offered at no cost, include hockey-themed science, technology, engineering, math (STEM); literacy, wellness and academic achievement offerings. Last year, more than 73,000 students participated. This year’s offerings include:
- Book Jackets presented by Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage
A literacy incentive initiative established by the team in 2000 using the excitement of Blue Jackets hockey to encourage students in grades K-8 to spend more time reading. The program is easy for teachers or parents to implement, helps students to become all-star readers by tracking minutes read and provides great Blue Jackets incentives to reach reading goals. During the 2019-20 academic year, Book Jackets students read more than 4 million minutes.
- Power Play Challenge presented by PNC
Power Play Challenge is a hockey-themed wellness curriculum to assist physical education teachers in the fight against childhood obesity. The goal is to make a healthy lifestyle both enjoyable and easy for kids to maintain. The Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to continue our partnership with eight Central Ohio school districts with street hockey equipment and incentives to schools at no-cost.
- Future Goals – Hockey Scholar
The Future Goals – Hockey Scholar™ digital course, with both a math and science edition, leverages highly interactive gameplay and the sport of hockey to reinforce key concepts like scientific thinking and data analysis, exposing students to foundational science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts through real-life applications. This curriculum uses hockey as a learning vehicle, is aligned to state science and math standards for grades 4 -8, and also introduces students to STEM careers in hockey.
- Student Achievers Powered by AEP
Student Achievers recognizes high performing and improved students for their academic accomplishments! Through Student Achievers, students that receive straight A’s or improve a full letter grade in one subject over the course of a grading period are eligible to receive an exclusive offer.
In addition, the Blue Jackets will continue their Adopt-A-School Program with Avondale Elementary. Located in one Columbus’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, Avondale students have the chance to interact and engage with CBJ staff through pen pal program, ice skating parties, and more! To assist with the challenges of remote learning, the Blue Jackets donated CBJ branded dry erase boards to all Avondale students during their supply pick up days. For more information on Blue Jackets Hockey in the Classroom programs, visit www.bluejackets.com/education.