With that familiar clamorous excitement of a Thunder home game at Chesapeake Energy Arena, an orchestrated “O-K-C” chant erupted amongst the throng of bouncy first graders, pulsating the library walls at Oklahoma Christian Elementary School in Edmond early Monday afternoon. For Principal Stephanie Gardner, today represented a special reward to the 72 students decked out in team colors that completed the Thunder Reading Challenge program.
“Today, we wanted to honor our children for the minutes that they have read,” Gardner said. “We’re so excited because we wanted to emphasize reading and the importance of reading to our students.”
Faces collectively lit up when Thunder guards Steve Novak and Kyle Singler appeared and greeted the overjoyed children while working their way to the front of the room. Once the excitement settled, the Thunder duo dived into the pages of Thunder Cake, a story about a young girl overcoming her fear of thunderstorms thanks to the timely baking of a special cake with her grandmother.
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