Imagine going on a field trip aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship! That’s exactly what 100 local New Orleans students did aboard Carnival Triumph. 100 students from Kipp Central City Primary in New Orleans enjoyed a day of fun aboard the Carnival Triumph for the first-ever “Read & Rise” literacy day who were celebrating their reading achievements as winners of the school’s summer reading challenge.
The event was a collaboration with Carnival Cruise Line, New Orleans Saints and Scholastic Book Fairs and was hosted by former Saints Hall of Fame player Deuce McAllister. The Saints Legend taught the students gridiron fundamentals with fun football-themed activities including the quarterback challenge, vertical jump and three-cone combine drill that are part of the Saints Junior Training Camp activities while encouraging them to read and stay active.
In addition to attending the Saints Junior Training Camp aboard Carnival Triumph, all students from Kipp Central City Primary grades 2-4 each received $10 vouchers funded by Carnival to purchase books of their choice at the Scholastic Book Fair and participated in games and other activities held at their school reading rally.
The fun didn’t stop there! The students also enjoyed lunch on board the ship and received backpacks filled with logo items from Carnival and the Saints as well as an ocean-themed book provided by Scholastic Book Fairs.
“Carnival has been a part of the New Orleans community for more than two decades and we’re delighted to team up with the Saints and Scholastic Book Fairs on this fun football-themed event that provided these kids an unforgettable experience while promoting the importance of reading and literacy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“I’m honored to work with Carnival and Scholastic on behalf of the Saints to encourage local students to keep reading and stay active,” said Saints legend Deuce McAllister. “These kids are so inspiring. We’ve all had a great day filled with fun and football and I think this was a great event to kick off the season.”
“At Scholastic, we know how critically important it is for all children to have access to books,” said Larry Wissinger, director of business development, Scholastic Book Fairs. “By working with organizations like Carnival and teams like the Saints, Scholastic is able to ensure more children are given the chance to become book owners, build their own home libraries and discover the power and joy of reading.”
Carnival Triumph is the perfect place for a mini Saints Junior Training Camp. The massive 102,000-ton cruise ship, which is nearly three football fields in length! Carnival is the Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans’ largest cruise operator, with two year-round ships, Carnival Triumph and Carnival Dream, carrying 450,000 passengers annually – more than any other cruise line.
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