Kitchener Rangers players Nick McHugh and Joseph Garreffa visited New Dundee Public School on Tuesday, September 26th 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, Nick and Joseph read Brady Brady and the MVP and Brady Brady and the Singing Tree to a group of approximately 60 students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3. They then took questions from the students spanning subjects from teamwork to even Halloween costumes.
Nick explained to the students that just like he and the Rangers use practice to become better hockey players, the students need to practice their reading and writing to become even better students in school.
When asked what they like to do in their spare time when they aren’t playing hockey, Nick and Joseph shared that they like to hang out with their friends. Nick added that he liked to produce songs, while Joseph mentioned that he likes to stay active as much as possible.
The students seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, and so did Joseph, who was very much looking forward to the first stop on the RBC School Tour.
“Getting out into the community and interacting with our young fans, that’s the best part of my day already today,” he said.
“I’ve been wanting to participate in the RBC School Tour and visit students in the classroom ever since my rookie season with the Rangers. Today was a lot of fun.”
The next visit on the RBC School Tour will be a Read with the Rangers on Tuesday, October 3rd when two Rangers players visit St. Anne Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener.