News anchor, author Casciano visits Driver Middle School
Students at C.S. Driver Middle School not only had the opportunity to meet a local TV celebrity Feb. 25, when News Channel 9 anchor Christie Casciano stopped by to talk about her series of children’s books. They also got to watch her referee a hockey face-off between Principal Mike Dardaris and sixth-grade teacher George Mango.
The visit was part of the school’s weeklong celebration of PARP (People as Reading Partners).
“It’s a week for us to celebrate reading, writing and getting lost in a good book,” Dardaris said.
Casciano, who anchors the 10 p.m. Channel 9 newscast, was inspired to write her 2010 picture book, “The Puck Hog” (illustrated by her sister, Rose Mary Casciano Moziak), after years of cheering on her children’s hockey teams. Son Joe, 18, played for Christian Brothers Academy, while daughter Sophia, 11, is on a co-ed team with the Lysander Youth Hockey Association.
During a special assembly with fifth- and sixth-graders, Casciano described how some seasons are “so glorious you never want them to end.” But when a “puck hog” takes the ice, dominating the action and stealing the spotlight, things can get ugly fast. So she decided to write a story about a “hog” named Eddie who must learn the importance of teamwork, selflessness and sacrifice.