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Justin Abdelkader to read to students from Drummond Island Elementary on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena

Upper-Peninsula school awarded library upgrade worth more than $2,500 for winning "Red Wings for Reading" contest, presented by Michigan Education Savings Program
May 30, 2018

DETROIT — Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader will read Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler to nearly 40 students from Drummond Island Elementary on Thursday, May 31 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Red Wings dressing room at Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings alternate captain will also present supplies for an outdoor reading area worth more than $2,500 to the Upper Peninsula school for winning the “Red Wings for Reading” program, courtesy of the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP).

After making the 350-mile trip, the students and teachers from Drummond Island Elementary (K-6th grade) will receive a tour of the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. Abdelkader will then read to the students who participated in “Red Wings for Reading” and present the school with brand new books and supplies to create an outdoor reading area.

Following the book reading, Abdelkader will answer students’ questions about hockey and the importance of education and college savings. The students will then be treated to lunch in the Comerica Players Club at Little Caesars Arena before attending the Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Angels game at 1:10 p.m. at Comerica Park, compliments of the Detroit Tigers.

Drummond Island Elementary won the opportunity for Abdelkader to read to its students by achieving the highest participation rate of all elementary schools in Michigan that participated in the annual Red Wings for Reading program. Drummond Island Elementary students achieved a participation rate of 100 percent.

In its sixth year, “Red Wings for Reading” had more than 1,000 entries with over 245 schools across Michigan participating in the program. Participants totaled more than 15,000 minutes read from mid-October, 2017 – January 31, 2018. To enter the program, students throughout Michigan were encouraged to read three or more books for their grade level, as selected by Abdelkader, or have someone read the books to them.

All “Red Wings for Reading” participants were entered in a contest and 40 students, along with their guardians, were selected at random to receive a pair of tickets to a Red Wings home game at Little Caesars Arena in March during National Reading Month, courtesy of Abdelkader and his “Abby’s All Stars” program. All “Red Wings for Reading” participants also receive a special Red Wings Fan Pack.

WHO: Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and nearly 40 elementary students from Drummond Island Elementary

WHAT: Reading Dino-Hockey to elementary school students and presenting the school with supplies for an outdoor reading area totaling more than $2,500.

WHERE: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit Red Wings Dressing Room (Event Level)

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Thursday, May 31

MEDIA NOTES: Media wishing to cover the event should contact Alex DiFilippo, Detroit Red Wings Communications Professional at 313-471-7531 or alex.difilippo@hockeytown.com.

About the Michigan Education Savings Program:
MESP is one of three Michigan Section 529 plans, all of which offer Michigan taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and potential tax-free growth on any earnings if account proceeds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. MESP can be used at any eligible college, university or trade school in the nation for a variety of qualified expenses, including tuition, mandatory equipment, fees, certain room and board costs, supplies and books. Limitations apply. See the MESP Disclosure Booklet for details. To learn more about MESP, visit MIsaves.com or contact us at 877-861-6377.

About Detroit Red Wings Community Relations:
The Detroit Red Wings are dedicated to providing opportunities and experiences that use the power of hockey to unite metro Detroit youth, families and neighbors through compassionate, innovative engagement. Each year, the Detroit Red Wings provide significant support to hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan, Ohio and Canada. For more information, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com/Community.

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