4000+ students get opportunity to attend Rapid City Rush game

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Often times, day games in professional sports are followed by travel to another city for the next matchup. The Rapid City Rush held a rare morning game Wednesday morning. Our Jon Wilson shows you why.

The Civic Center Ice Arena was jam-packed early Wednesday morning.

Around than 4000 students, mostly from Rapid City Area Schools packed the Civic Center Ice Arena to watch the "Education Day" game as the Rush took on the Utah Grizzlies. This comes after many Rush players stopped at the elementary schools to read to the students to promote the importance of reading.

Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon says, "We asked students and families and really anyone in the community to send us a picture of you reading to a child, whether it's your own, a neighbor, a niece, a nephew, a grandchild because we really want to encourage our entire community to read with our kids."

Canyon Lake Elementary 2nd Grader Emma Johnson says, "We read a Dr. Seuss book, One fish two fish red fish blue fish. They showed us some cool tricks, and they showed us what you do like how to shoot the goals, like that stuff."

Attending Wednesday's game was the culmination of the work put in by the Rush and learning by the students that will hopefully bring future success.

Simon says, "We want more students reading by the end of 3rd grade, reading well so that they are successful in school and in life. Attendance is a key part of that, so our focus is not only on reading, but being in school every time ready to learn every day."

The game was free to the kids thanks to donations from season ticket holders and sponsors Vast Broadband and Black Hills Energy.