The Hanover Grants Support Family-oriented Programs in Partnership With The Worcester Sharks

 The Hanover Grants Support Family-oriented Programs in Partnership With The
                               Worcester Sharks

-- Grants designed to foster family time and lifelong readers --

PR Newswire

WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 21, 2013

WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Hanover Insurance Group
Foundation is pleased to announce a hat trick of three grants totaling
$60,000, in support of local activities to help bring families together and
encourage children to become enthusiastic readers. The grants will help
promote a city-wide reading program for elementary school students, provide
at-risk children with tickets to attend Worcester Sharks games, and sponsor a
free community skate at the Worcester Common Oval.


The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation is the charitable foundation of the The
Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE: THG), a leading provider of property and
casualty insurance for businesses, families and individuals nationwide.

"Our company and our employees are committed to make a meaningful difference
in our home community—especially in the areas of education and youth. That's
why we are very pleased to work with local partners to help deliver programs
that promote learning, and provide opportunities for families to come together
and have fun, enjoying some of the unique resources that make our community
special," said Jennifer Luisa, assistant vice president, corporate community
relations, at The Hanover Insurance Group.

Mid-winter grants promote family time and reading skills
The first of the three grants is a partnership with The Worcester Sharks, a
member of the American Hockey League and affiliate to the San Jose Sharks of
the National Hockey League, which calls the DCU Center its home. Through the
partnership, The Hanover will help to promote Reading is Cool, a program that
supports the city's Grade Level Reading Initiative by encouraging students to
read for at least a half hour each day, and commit to reading on a regular
basis. Through the program, Worcester Sharks players visit classrooms in local
schools, where they read to students, and help promote the importance of
learning and reading as paths to lifelong achievement.

"The Worcester Sharks are committed to winning on the ice, and to helping our
community to win, as well—and a winning community begins with strong schools
and smart students," said Michael A. Mudd, president of the Worcester Sharks.
"We're very proud to work with a great local partner like The Hanover on
promoting our Reading is Cool program. We hope it will support the efforts of
our local educators, and encourage children to enjoy reading and make it a
part of their everyday life."

Students and parents can learn more about the Reading is Cool game, including
rules for participation, by visiting the Worcester Sharks website:

The Hanover also partners with Y.O.U, Inc., to provide local, at-risk children
with tickets to attend Worcester Sharks games. Y.O.U, Inc. is one of the
leading child welfare, behavioral health and education agencies in
Massachusetts. The agency offers specialized services at 32 different sites in
Worcester County, with a comprehensive array of educational, vocational,
therapeutic, and residential programs that serve more than 13,000 young people
and their families each year.

Number three in The Hanover's grant hat trick was the company's recent
sponsorship of a free skate at the new Worcester Common Oval. This fun,
family-oriented event featured an ice sculpture and music.

About The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
The mission of The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Inc. is to improve the
quality of life in communities where The Hanover Insurance Group companies
have a major presence, placing a special emphasis on helping to build world
class public education systems and inspiring and empowering youth to achieve
their full potential.

About The Hanover
Founded in 1852, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) is proud to be
celebrating 160 years of delivering on its promises to its agent and broker
partners, and their customers. The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., based in
Worcester, Mass., is the holding company for a group of insurers that includes
The Hanover Insurance Company, Worcester, Mass., Citizens Insurance Company of
America, Howell, Mich., Chaucer Holdings plc, London, and their affiliates.
The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty products and services
to businesses, individuals, and families through a select group of agents and
brokers. The company is ranked among the top 25 property and casualty insurers
in the United States. Through Chaucer, the company also underwrites business
at Lloyd's of London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes,
including property, marine and aviation, energy, U.K. motor and casualty. For
more information, please visit


Media Relations
Amy Banek
(508) 855-4486

SOURCE The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

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