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Student Athletes Share Stories With Youngsters

Posted September 18, 2012 in Community Blogs, Johnston

Johnston sophomores Sydney Maras (left) and Katie Bevis (right) read their favorite stories to Beaver Creek second graders on Friday, Sept. 14 as part of homecoming week festivities.

On Friday, Sept. 14, elementary students welcomed visitors from the high school into their classrooms.

High school student athletes from all fall sports were paired up and sent out to each of the five elementary schools to read their favorite books to eager ears. From tried and true classics to newly bound books, many stories were shared between readers of all ages.

Gary Ross, Johnston High School athletic director, coordinates this homecoming week tradition.

“It’s a great way to connect academic to athletics,” Ross said. “For the high schoolers, it’s a chance to connect with younger students. For the elementary kids, they can’t imagine anything cooler than having the athletes right there in their classroom. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Sophomores Katie Bevis and Sydney Maras read to Barb South’s second-grade classroom at Beaver Creek. Both sophomores participate in cross county at Johnston.

Maras chose to read an exciting story about a football game – very appropriate for the Friday of homecoming; and Bevis read the popular “Alexander and terrible, awful, no good, very bad day.” The second graders also had the opportunity to ask Maras and Bevis about honing their reading skills, the amount of time they spend reading as high schoolers, and what their favorite books were.

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