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Reading Program, brought to you by Sanford Children's

The purpose of the Fargo Force Reading Program is to encourage youth in our community to develop a love for reading and to promote the value, importance and enjoyment of reading and literacy. The program is designed to reward those students who spend a portion of their time reading.

The program is free to classrooms with children ages Kindergarten to 6th grade within a 30 mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead. The program is 12 weeks long, beginning on Monday, October 30, 2017 and ending on Friday, January 19, 2018. The teacher will be responsible for tracking the class progress towards reaching their goal as a group and an individual booklet will be given to each student to track their own success. The booklets will be delivered to the teachers the week before the start of the program.

Throughout the course of the program, participating classrooms will have the opportunity to sign up for Fargo Force players to visit their class and read to their students! When requesting appearances, please note that they are based on availability in accordance with the team’s schedule. Players are not available on game days or on travel days (typically one day prior/following to an away game).

Reading Goals
The teacher/administrator of each classroom will receive booklets for each student in their class. The booklet is split into 3 periods, where the student must reach their individual goal in order to get to the next period. The 3 period goals are as follows:

            1st Period Goal               600 minutes read total

            2nd Period Goal              1200 minutes read total

            3rd Period Goal              1800 minutes read total

A parent, guardian or teacher must initial next to minutes read throughout each period to confirm that it was completed. The minutes add on top of each other, so each period is 600 minutes read.

Upon completing each goal as listed above, the student will be awarded a prize for their efforts and as an incentive to complete the full program! The student will receive the following prizes depending on what goal(s) they complete:

1st Period: FREE ticket voucher to a Fargo Force regular season home game

2nd Period: Puzzle

3rd Period: Drawstring Backpack

Teachers will be provided the vouchers at the beginning of the program and are to award their students as the individual goals are accomplished for the first period. The other gifts will be delivered upon goals being reached. All teachers are to report the number of students who completed the second and third period goals so that the correct number of prizes may be delivered. There will be a deadline for turning in the number of students at the end of each period. Please note that any students and/or classes that are not reported by the deadline will not receive the gifts.

The Fargo Force encourage all students to reach beyond their goals as a special prize will come to the classroom who reads the most minutes as a group at the end of the program!

When the program concludes, the classroom with the highest combined total number of minutes read will receive a class trip to Scheels Arena (transportation will need to be determined by class teacher) for an exclusive tour of Scheels Arena and the Fargo Force locker room, including a meet and greet with some of the players!

Reader of the Month
At the end of each month (November through January), each participating teacher is to nominate one student for the Fargo Force Reader of the Month award. Each Reader of the Month will be awarded a certificate and will be invited as a special guest to a game with his/her family, where they will be announced and put up on the big screen! The winner will also receive prizes at the game during the recognition, and will be recognized on the Fargo Force website.

Registration Information
If you would like to sign up your class for the 2017-18 Fargo Force reading program, please fill out the enrollment form and send to  

Deadline to register is October 13, 2017.

Contact Information
If you have any questions regarding the Fargo Force Reading Program, please contact Rachel Zaun at