CAMBRIDGE - Four current and former members of the Laurier Golden Hawk’s football team took part in Preston Elementary School’s “Literacy Week” on Friday February 7th, 2008. Hawks, Warren Rigby, Dante Luciani, Colin Andrews and Luke Pinder, alongside Youth Events Coordinator Rachel Preston and Event Supervisor TED COLLINS, read their favorite childhood books to grade 1-6 students at Preston.
Organized with Preston’s principal Don Oberle (WLU Hockey Alumnus), the school had many guest readers over the course of the week, including local fire fighters, police officers, two mayors, and two Major League Baseball players. Students from Preston listened to the Hawks with rapt attention, as they read their treasured childhood books. Afterwards, they discussed the books and eagerly asked the Hawks questions about the positions they played and the number of touchdowns they had scored throughout their football careers.
Literacy Week is an initiative geared to making sure every student knows the importance of reading. Oberle feels that the initiative has had a positive impact on children and said that, “this will teach kids that literacy is everywhere!” Along with the reading circles and lessons on why reading is important, Literacy Week activities included some fund raising. Students collected pledges from sponsors, who donated money for each hour of reading that was done by students during the week. Through this sponsorship Preston Elementary was able to raise nearly $5000 for the school.
Thanks to everyone involved in the success of this week, it has been an overwhelming success. Keep on reading!