Drummond Island Students Visit Little Caesar’s Arena

DETROIT – It was the trip of a lifetime for 40 students from Drummond Island Elementary School on Thursday.

Beginning at 3 a.m. Thursday, the students, who are in kindergarten through sixth grade, boarded a ferry and then a bus to embark on a 350-mile trip to Detroit and Little Caesar’s Arena as part of the Red Wings for Reading program.

As winners of the Red Wings for Reading program, Drummond Island students were rewarded with a donation to the school’s library and a visit from alternate captain Justin Abdelkader. The students opted to visit Abdelkader and Detroit’s newest sports arena instead and were read to by the left winger in the Red Wings locker room.

“Pulling into Detroit, you should’ve heard them, they’re like, “Oh my gosh, look at that building’,” Drummond Island teacher Stacy Geyer said. “A lot of the kids have never been to a baseball game, never been to the arena or seen a hockey game, or like you said been below the bridge. So this has really been awe-inspiring.”

In addition to a tour of the facility and story time, students received books and supplies for an outdoor reading area.

“That’s what’s really cool about the reading program,” Abdelkader said. “When I found out that Drummond Island had won, the opportunity to come here and come in the locker room and getting a tour of the new facility and to meet a Red Wings player. It’s just really exciting that a reading program like this can stretch as far as Drummond Island.”

Following the event with Abelkader, the students traveled down the road from Little Caesar’s Arena to Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Los Angeles Angels.