With all the emphasis on third grade reading these days, Hilliard teachers are always looking for ways to inspire a love of reading. The third grade students in Maria Watkins class at Washington Elementary took part in the Columbus Blue Jackets “Book Jackets” Program. To be eligible for a pizza party and visit from Stinger the students needed to read at least 700 minutes each during a four week period. Ms. Watkins says this program is a way to connect with her students who enjoy hockey. She saw the students get more excited about reading and go above and beyond the requirements, many read more than 1000 minutes. By empowering students to be better readers today, they are becoming Ready for Tomorrow.