Kitchener Rangers players Connor Hall and Jake Henderson visited Sheppard Public School in Kitchener on Tuesday, October 25th for Read with the Rangers with students in Kindergarden to Grade 3.
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 Tuesday, Connor and Jake read Brady Brady and the MVP and talked with the children afterwards about what they thought the moral of the story was, and how it made them feel.
“The kids were great with understanding the moral of the story,” said Connor. “A majority of the students expressed that if they had a friend that was to leave their team for a better opportunity, that they would be happy for them but sad that they would not be teammates anymore.”
Connor hoped one thing the students learned both from the story, and from the questions he and Jake answered, was the importance of being accepting of your peers.
“We talked about how important it is to be kind to everyone,” said Connor. “We gave them the example that if we didn’t get along with our teammates, it would be very hard for us to win games.
“To be successful you have to work together, and to work together you need to be kind to people.”
Jake said it was the first time he had read to a group of that many children all at once.
“It, for sure, was my favourite part of the day,” Jake said. “When Connor and I saw how many kids we would get to meet that day, we were really looking forward to it. We had a lot of fun today.”
Both Connor and Jake agreed that the RBC School Tour is important to implement with local schools.
“It was great to visit the school that is in the Aud’s backyard,” said Connor. “We visit all different schools in the community, but going to one so close to us was great.”
“The students sent us off with a ‘Go Rangers Go’ chant as we were leaving,” added Jake. “We thought that was pretty cool.”