NJEA and the Trenton Thunder are pleased to offer free school assembly programs to NJEA members. These programs are offered – on a first-come, first‑served basis – to public schools up to 50 miles from Mercer County Waterfront Park from October 1 through March 15.
Boomer’s Book Buddies, an in-school assembly program for grades 1-4, provides incentives for children to read outside of their school work. Boomer, the Thunder mascot, gives all students an incentive to read – a Boomer’s Book Buddies bookmark. The bookmark has spaces for the names of five books students read outside of their school work, which their teachers must initial. Students can return the completed bookmark, along with brief written summaries of the books they’ve read, and receive a certificate for two free tickets along with the opportunity to go on the field to throw out a first pitch.
The Boomer’s Book Buddies school assembly program revolves around the classic poem “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernst Lawrence Thayer, and lasts approximately 30 minutes. In addition to acting out the poem, Boomer and his partner from the Thunder staff, engage students in fun activities in which the children can win small prizes.
In addition, Boomer’s Baseball Tour encourages students in grades 5-6 to learn geography and write correspondence. Through a brief school assembly or classroom visit, a member of the team’s staff teaches students about the many cities across the U.S. and abroad where professional baseball teams are located. They will also learn about the hometown of Trenton Thunder players. Students will also learn how much fun they can have writing to the different teams to learn more about them.
Students will be asked to write letters to baseball teams requesting the team’s schedule. Students who send copies of their letters and the schedules they receive from at least two teams to the Thunder will receive a certificate for two free tickets and a chance to go on the field to throw a pitch.
It’s Your Turn with Derby targets children in kindergarten and first grade. The program features Derby That Golden Thunder, the team’s professionally trained golden retriever. During the 30-minute program, Derby and his friends from the Thunder staff visit with children and read It’s Your Turn, a children’s book about Thunder mascot Boomer.
Each program involves a 30-minute school, as well as optional follow-up activities. See the program brochure for more details.
You can invite Boomer or Derby and their friends from the Thunder staff to your school by selecting from the three programs and identifying three possible dates and times. Contact Jennifer Wilkins or Dawn Hiltner of NJEA’s Communications Division, at (609) 599-4561, to schedule the program.