Photo courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Students at Talman Elementary school have been celebrating the holidays since before Thanksgiving. On Thursday, Nov. 20, Talman (5450 S. Talman Ave.) received more than 3,000 books from the Book Worm Angels organization. The following Monday, they received a return visit and a special visitor – Chicago Blackhawks' mascot Tommy Hawk, bringing 1,500 more books. Tommy, who arrived in the Blackhawks' van, met students and posed for pictures.
The team had held book drives for Book Worm Angels at home games, local ice rinks and participating Huntington Learning Centers, and wanted to bring them to Talman, the newest school participating in the Book Worm Angels program. All 4,500-plus books have gone into Talman's classroom libraries.
The Blackhawks' relationship with Talman didn't end on Nov. 24, however. The team donated free tickets to use as incentives in the school's reading program, and also committed to providing a speaker for Talman's eighth-grade graduation in June.
"The kids were really excited about it," said Joseph Shoffner, Talman's assistant principal. He admitted, however, that most of the students aren't big hockey fans. "They're more into soccer," he said. "But our PE teacher, he's a huge hockey fan, and he brought in all his Blackhawks stuff for the kids to see."
Learn more about the Book Worm Angels organization.