Kitchener Rangers players Connor Bunnaman and Dylan Di Perna visited Bridgeport Public School in Waterloo on Tuesday, January 31st for a Read with the Rangers on the RBC School Tour.
Read with the Rangers is a program that focuses on the importance of literacy while having fun. Students have the opportunity to read with their favourite Rangers players, and learn a little more about the players’ experiences through reading and education.
Two Rangers players discuss important lessons with the students like respect, goal-setting, sportsmanship and teamwork.
On Wednesday, Connor and Dylan emphasized two important points to the junior and senior kindergarteners’; the importance of being a good teammate and helping others, and that you must practice in everything you do and work hard.
Connor mentioned that he and Dylan have to focus on the same two important things when they are playing for the Rangers as the students do while in the classroom.
Both Dylan and Connor were surprised at how efficient and fluent the children were with technology at such a young age, and that it’s very different than when they were in school.
Connor and Dylan learned that the dreams and aspirations of the students varied widely from hockey player to dump truck driver, to fire fighter and even construction worker, to name a few. They even were taught about what it means to be a part of the “Zipper Club.”
Finally, the students asked Connor and Dylan what their favourite part of playing in Kitchener for the Rangers is, which they answered getting to play in front of such a large, supportive crowd and having such great fans from our community.