Kitchener Rangers players Cole Carter and Greg Meireles visited Westvale Public School on Wednesday, October 4th for a Read with the Rangers session 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.
The players discuss important lessons with the students like respect, goal-setting, sportsmanship and teamwork.
On Wednesday, Cole and Greg read Brady Brady and the MVP and Brady Brady and the Singing Tree to a group of junior and senior kindergarten students. They then took questions from the students spanning topics from who inspired them to play hockey, to how important it is to practice; in school and in physical activities.
“I told the students the reason I started playing hockey was because of my older brother,” Cole said. “I first learned to skate because my brother knew how, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Greg, whose favourite subject is Math, said going on the RBC School Tour and meeting the young students was the best part of his day.
“It was really cool doing my first appearance,” said Greg. “With the kids being so young, I was amazed they were able to focus for so long, but they did a great job.”
Cole agreed and noted that the students, albeit young, asked some very intelligent questions.
“The kids asked us some great questions on how us hockey players improve our game,” said Cole, whose favourite subject is Science. “We explained that sports are similar to school; if you practice your reading and writing, just like you practice the drills in your sport, you will see yourself improve and get better.”
The next visit on the RBC School Tour will be a Read with the Rangers on Tuesday, October 17th when Cole Carter and Greg Meireles visited St. John Paul II School in Kitchener.