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HOSTS Learning Recognizes Minnesota Wild
February 12, 2004


    SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the organization has received the 2004 Champion for Children Award from HOSTS Learning.  The award is given annually to individuals or organizations that have extended the vision of HOSTS on a national level, making a difference in the educational development of school-age children in their local communities.  Recipients are recognized for leadership and inspiring others to help secure the future for children.

    Rob Armstrong and Mike Reeves from the Minnesota Wild and Amy Eide from Hancock-Hamline University Magnet School were presented the award at a ceremony held on Thursday, February 12 during the HOSTS Learning's 26th Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. 

    "It is a tremendous honor to receive the 2004 Champion For Children Award," said Reeves, Vice President of Administration for the Wild.  "We are proud to support the HOSTS mentoring program and help make a difference in the lives of the children in our community."

    During the last six years Minnesota Wild front office staff members have volunteered once a week mentoring students at Cherokee Heights Elementary School, Hancock-Hamline University Magnet School and Open School in St. Paul.  Each mentor is matched with a student and the HOSTS teacher provides an easy to read lesson plan for mentor and student to work on together during the thirty-minute period.

    "HOSTS Learning has been impressed time and time again by the care and dedication the Wild has shown the HOSTS students at these schools," said Gene Frost, CEO of HOSTS Learning.  "We have witnessed dramatic changes and academic improvement from these students.  The Wild has taken the time and effort in not only mentoring these children from an academic standpoint, but also inspiring these children to be great achievers in everything that they do now and in the future."

    Members of the Minnesota Wild have gone beyond mentoring by providing opportunities for students and their schools to participate in canned food drives, winter clothing collections, and providing books and other educational materials to the schools.  In the past year, the Wild also championed a "Wild About Reading" campaign to increase student literacy by encouraging students to read at home.

    HOSTSLink, the mentoring program provided by HOSTS Learning, is a nationally validated Title I program.  The program was originally created in 1971 by Bill Gibbons, a former teacher of the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, Washington. Since then over one million students have participated in HOSTS mentoring programs and nearly 90,000 volunteers serve as mentors each year.  Corporate sponsors continue to be an important factor in the success of these programs.

About HOSTS Learning
HOSTS Learning is a leading provider of research-based learning systems that accelerate student achievement in reading and math for grades K through 12. Since 1971, HOSTS Learning has delivered learning systems to more than one million children needing intervention and supplemental instruction for improving their reading, writing, language development, and math skills. Through the use of HOSTS Learning's offerings, classroom teachers are provided with high quality professional development, superior teacher tools for making data-driven decisions, and effective intervention systems guaranteed to produce results. HOSTS Learning systems are currently operating in more than 1,300 schools in 40 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-833-4678.

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