Kitchener Rangers players Kyle Gentles and Jonathan Yantsis visited St. Anne Catholic School on Tuesday, October 3rd 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 Tuesday, Kyle and Jonathan read Brady Brady and the MVP and Brady Brady and the Singing Tree to a group of three Grade 3 classes. They then took questions from the students spanning subjects from practicing, to classes they enjoy at school. They even participated in recess with the students beforehand, after walking to the school from The Aud.
Jonathan explained to the students that it’s important to continue to practice at things to become better at them, whether it’s school or sports. He told the children that he constantly stays late after practice in an effort to become a better player and to make the most out of the time he gets on the ice.
When asked what they like to do in their spare time when they aren’t playing hockey, Kyle and Jonathan shared that they like to play video games and play other sports whenever possible.
Partaking in recess with the students was something new to Kyle, who got to see firsthand just how important the Rangers are to the kids in the community.
“We were a bit early to the school, so Vice Principal Shantz asked us if we wanted to participate in recess,” said Kyle. “We took her up on that offer and were amazed at all the kids who wanted our autograph. It goes to show how big the Rangers are in to kids in our region.”
Jonathan and Kyle expanded on the importance of staying in school and studying hard, during and after class. Jonathan even shared with the students that he was taking courses at Laurier University in Economics, and Kyle added he was taking courses on Criminology.
The next visit on the RBC School Tour was a Read with the Rangers on Wednesday, October 4th when Cole Carter and Greg Meireles visited Westvale Public School in Kitchener.