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Hundreds of students at Detroit’s New Paradigm Glazer Academy recently got some encouragement to read more often when Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Lyon stopped by the kickoff event for the 2024 Red Wings for Reading program. Lyon read a book to a group of kindergarten and first graders, then helped the seventh graders pick out their own free books during the school’s book fair. 

As part of the expanded Red Wings for Reading platform, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation has teamed up with United Way for Southeastern Michigan to support their “My Home Library” program at two area elementary schools. The program will visit Daly Elementary in Dearborn in late March. 

The visit to New Paradigm Glazer Academy coincided with the introduction of the 2024 Red Wings for Reading “Classroom Challenge,” a student reading incentive program available to 250 classrooms across Michigan during National Reading Month in March. Last year, more than 3,700 students participated, generating 2.2 million minutes of reading during National Reading Month.

The “My Home Library” program provides a set of five complimentary books to each student at schools in southeast Michigan communities deemed as “book deserts” for their lack of adequate access to reading materials. Approximately 400 students will benefit from 2,000 donated books at the two school locations.

To see more of Lyon’s visit, check out this video: