Kitchener Rangers players Nick McHugh and Greg Meireles visited Driftwood Public School and spoke to all Primary classes – more than 200 students – on Wednesday, December 13 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, Nick and Greg read Brady Brady and the MVP and Brady Brady and the Singing Tree to the group. They then took questions from the students spanning topics from where the players hometowns are, and how long the Rangers’ hockey season is.
Nick and Greg were also accompanied by a special guest from Blue CREW, Cst. Missio.
Nick and Greg, who have been friends since before they were even drafted in the Ontario Hockey League and came to play for the Rangers, were asked about their hometowns to which they shared they were both from Ottawa. After the students found this out, they were asked a question in French (what smart Primary students!). Nick answered their question back in French, which surprised a few of the children.
There were lots of important messages given to the students during the visit, maybe the most being that school is a very big priority. Nick and Greg stressed that no matter how challenging it may be or may become, that you shouldn’t give up.
They also likened hockey to reading; you have to keep practicing in order to keep getting better.
In the spirit of hockey, Nick was asked how many goals he has scored this year. He answered five, but reminded the students that goals aren’t the only important thing when participating in a team sport.
Constable Missio explained to the group what the Blue CREW was, and how being a policeman and playing for the Rangers had similarities; both involve working in a team environment for a common goal, and making a positive impact on our community.
The next visit on the RBC School Tour will be a Read with the Rangers on Thursday, December 14 at Forest Hill Public School.
To learn more about the RBC School Tour, click here.