University Avenue Elementary School in Blaine had a special visitor on Halloween: a big, furry wolf.
It’s not as scary as it sounds though – the wolf’s name is Crunch and he’s the mascot of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Crunch was on hand to help launch the school’s read-a-thon, “Slam Dunk a Good Book.”
University is partnering with the Timberwolves to encourage students to read at home. Prizes, including posters, a team signed basketball and a team-signed jersey, will be awarded to students who meet their goal of reading for 500 minutes during the next two months, according to one of the school’s Reading Recovery teachers, Bonnie Porter.
“The Timberwolves will be back in spring to read in classrooms, distribute free books and share their new book bus,” she said.
The partnership is the brainstorm of University kindergarten teacher Dana Kress and Jim Buffo, a Timberwolves employee and parent of one of Kress’s former students.