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All teachers face important questions in the classroom: How do I motivate young students? How do I balance the fundamental need to teach important concepts with the desire to make learning fun? These are questions that the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus’ own National Hockey League team, considered in developing the GOALS! Achievement Program.

Through two individual programs, the GOALS! Achievement Program uses the sport of hockey to teach and reinforce the importance of goal-setting as a life skill. To give young learners a sense of accomplishment, students successfully meeting objectives within each sub-program, will be sent rewards, including Blue Jackets-branded prizes and game tickets. GOALS! is free, fun and easy to implement.

Your entire school, or individual classes within your school, may elect to participate in a way that best fits your school’s academic mission and the individual goals by grade level. Again, there is absolutely no cost to your school to participate in these programs. The GOALS! Achievement Program includes Student Achievers and Book Jackets powered by AEP.

Student Achievers

Student Achievers gives teachers the flexibility to focus on achievement areas that are most important to their classrooms. Teachers pick which achievement area to focus on such as academic performance, attendance, character education or fitness and set a specific goal for their class. Using a ticket to a Blue Jackets home game as an incentive, students can EARN their free ticket by reaching this classroom goal. The Blue Jackets supply educators with achievement certificates and teachers determine how the prizes are rewarded, making it flexible, easy and fun!

Book Jackets powered by AEP

The Columbus Blue Jackets Book Jackets program powered by AEP is a reading incentive program established in 2000 to encourage students in grades K-8 to spend more of their free time reading. The program is easy to implement and helps students become All-Star readers with updated reading goals, plus the ability to win great Blue Jackets prizes! Students keep "score" of minutes read throughout a four-week reading period and are rewarded with Blue Jackets prizes upon completion.

Teachers embrace Book Jackets as an easy to implement, flexible tool that helps promote reading and learning outside of the classroom. Through this literacy program, students are rewarded for personal achievement as they reach various goals and are recognized for classroom success, acting as an important member of their classroom team. After you register for the program below, go to to learn how to implement Book Jackets in your classroom.

Both Student Achievers and Book Jackets are supplemental tools that teachers can use to promote goal setting and achievement. To register for either Students Achievers or Book Jackets, please fill out the form below.

Registration is open until December 30, 2013. After you register, you will be named as a GOALS! Classroom Captain and charged with implementing your selected program(s) in your classroom. A Blue Jackets representative will follow-up with you to answer any questions you may have and discuss next steps.


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