As part of the Save of the Day Foundation’s new education grant initiative, the foundation partnered up with more than 30 schools and the Utica Comets for the first ever Comets-themed coloring contest. The contest was open to students in Grades 1 through 5 and had an incredible response with over 2,000 submissions for its first year.
Each grade level had a first, second, and third place winner with prizes including full street-hockey gear for their school, Nook eReaders, and a pizza party with Audie for their entire class. The rules were simple; those in first through third grade colored a picture of a hockey-playing Audie, while those in fourth and fifth grade colored a Utica Comets goalie. There was at least one winner from each school that participated and their artworks are currently being displayed inside The AUD behind section 205.
On Wednesday, January 20, Comets players delivered the street hockey equipment and Nook eReaders to the grand prize winners at five different schools. The players included Johnny Negrin, Alex Freisen, Darren Archibald, John Kurtz, Richard Bachman, Mike Zalewski, David Shields, Brandon Mariano, Cole Cassels, and Joseph LaBate. In true hockey player fashion, they had to play a quick round of street hockey with the winners’ classes as well!
The Save of the Day Foundation’s began focusing on education as nothing is more vital to a child’s success that the fundamentals learned in the classroom as part of its grant initiatives. The Foundation supports organizations that focus on formal K-12 education programs that innovate and motivate children to stay in school, do well academically and encourage higher education. Understanding the importance of a safe learning environment, the foundation hopes to help create a range of environments for youth to develop their own special talents.