Our G.O.A.L.S. campaign was designed for our players to have the opportunity to speak with local kids about G.O.A.L.S. for Good Character. This year, players and coaches can be found in the classroom using hockey principles to get students excited about school. Our players have reached out to many schools in the Peoria area to speak about what it means to have good character. We used the acronym G.O.A.L.S. to talk to the kids about getting along with others, overcoming obstacles, always having a good attitude, listening to others and showing good sportsmanship.
If you would like more information about this program or would like to schedule an assembly for your school, please contact the Rivermen at 309-676-1040 or [email protected]
This year the Peoria Rivermen have teamed up with Junior Achievement! Junior Achievement Worldwide is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA’s hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world.
This fall Dave Spina and Kari Gabbert did "team teach" where they both went out to Hines Elementary School in Peoria and taught Mrs. Fauser's first grade class about "Our Families."
The Rivermen will be participating in Junior Achievement again in the spring so if you would like us to be your JA teachers, please contact Kari Gabbert at [email protected]
If you would like more infomration about Junior Achievement and how to get your class involved please visit JA.org
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope For Heart helps fund research and educational programs that impact your community -- an important reason to participate. But the best reason of all to join this event is that kids love it!
Jump Rope for heart is:
- a great service learning project that offers students a terrific way to learn about volunteering.
- a program which integrates physical activity and critical thinking skills as students help plan, organize and participate in the event.
- a program which encourages cross-age cooperative activity.
- a program that provides a fun way to meet physical education standards.
- a program that extends heart-healthy lessons into the classroom.
The Peoria Rivermen participate in Jump Rope for Heart by donating tickets to any student that completes the program and raises at least $50. Participant’s siblings can purchase a ticket for $1 and parents can purchase tickets for $10.
This year, the Jump Rope for Heart game will be March 27, 2011.
Read to Succeed
Library Reading Program
The Peoria Rivermen have teamed up with local libraries to offer incentives for children to complete their library reading goals. The goal of the program is to motivate and encourage students to challenge and improve their reading abilities. Any child that completes the program laid out by their library will receive a free Rivermen ticket. Additional ticket can be purchased for $10.
Celebrity Reading Appearances
Throughout the year our players, coaches or Captain will visit local schools and read to classrooms even entire grade levels. Teachers who are interested in having the Peoria Rivermen visit their classroom for a visit and reading session should contact Kari Gabbert to arrange the visit. Available days are booked on a first come first serve basis and we will do our best to accomodate your schedule.