Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

October 16, 2009 16:11 ET

Senators to host inaugural Faceoff Fieldtrip on Monday, Oct. 19 Sens@School education programs to launch before 3,300 students

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2009) - The Ottawa Senators announced plans for their inaugural Sens@School Faceoff Fieldtrip, which will see more than 100 classes and 3,300 students and teachers visit Scotiabank Place on Monday, Oct. 19, to learn about the game of hockey and watch the Senators practice. Classes registered for the Sens@School programs were invited to attend the Faceoff Fieldtrip free of charge.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Scotiabank Place and Senators employees and players will hold discussions on a variety of hockey-related subjects, including how the ice is made, how a Zamboni works, the importance of being physically active, what it's like to be an NHL goalie and how to take a slapshot. The Senators will then take to the ice for a 10:30 a.m. practice.

Hosted by Gord Wilson from the Team 1200 Radio and SensTV, the Faceoff Fieldtrip will officially launch the club's Sens@School education programs for the season. Teachers can register free of charge and get access to a variety of programs to enhance their classes' educational experience through Read to Succeed presented by Scotiabank, Spelling with Spezza and the Shoot for 60 fitness challenge.

Returning for another season, Read to Succeed is a literacy initiative designed to teach elementary school students the importance of reading while generating excitement and rewarding participation. Classes will also have the opportunity to win visits from Spartacat and Senators players. Over the past seven school years, more than 3,000 classes and 70,000 students have been involved in the Read to Succeed.

Developed in January 2004 in conjunction with Senators centre Jason Spezza, Spelling with Spezza assists in motivating and teaching elementary school students the importance of spelling. An in-school spelling program, it is designed to generate excitement and reward participation. Students can win a variety of prizes, including tickets to Senators home games.

This season the Senators will introduce a number of educational initiatives that promote physical activity in and out of the classroom to complement existing programs. In November, the Senators Shoot for 60 fitness challenge will begin by encouraging students to monitor and record their activity, targeting a minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical exercise. At the end of the month, teachers will tally up their times and submit them to the Senators in order to win prizes such as visits from Spartacat and members of the Senators, and ball hockey equipment for their school.

Registered classes will receive posters, bookmarks and other material to support the Sens@School initiatives. Teachers can register their classes for Sens@School programs at the Community tab on the Senators website,

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