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CHS athletes take part in CHC Read-a-Thon


Published: Fri, May 5, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior varsity basketball cheerleader Katie Gamble read “Hooray for Fly Guy” to Heather Bruno’s first-grade class during C.H. Campbell Elementary School’s annual Read-a-Thon on March 20.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Heather Bruno’s first-grade class at C.H. Campbell Elementary School welcomed Canfield High School sophomore football player, basketball player and track team member Colin Hritz, (back, left) and senior varsity basketball cheerleader Katie Gamble (back, right) to the school’s annual Read-a-Thon on March 20.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School sophomore football player, basketball player and track team member Colin Hritz visited C.H. Campbell Elementary School during the school’s annual Read-a-Thon to read “Franklin Plays the Game” to Heather Bruno’s first-grade class on March 20.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

C.H. Campbell Elementary School students welcomed some very special visitors the morning of March 20. As part of the school’s annual Read-a-Thon, Canfield High School student-athletes visited the school to read to the elementary students in their classrooms and discuss the importance of reading and maintaining good grades in order to participate in and succeed in sports.

More than 30 high school athletes from a variety of sports volunteered to participate in the event.

This year, Jackie Graham, coordinator of the event, pre-selected digital books which were appropriate for each grade level.

“I selected sports-themed books for the high school student-athletes to read to the elementary students. The books were appropriate for each grade level and each had a message for the kids, such as never give up, everyone can contribute something to the team and always try your best. The high school students also spoke to the students about what it takes to be a successful student-athlete and how important it is to maintain their grades and play sports at the same time,” Graham said.

Canfield High School sophomore football player, basketball player and track team member Colin Hritz and senior varsity basketball cheerleader Katie Gamble read to Heather Bruno’s first-grade class.

Hritz read “Franklin Plays the Game” to the students and then discussed the book with them. As Hritz read the book, the students were able to follow along and view the pictures on a screen at the front of the room.

“The friendships you form with your teammates is pretty special, just like Franklin said in the book. It’s also important to never give up and work as a team,” Hritz said.

Bruno also chimed in to tell the students the most important thing is to have fun.

“The most important thing when playing sports is to have fun and being there with your friends. You become even better friends on a team and even make new friends. Friendship is very special,” Bruno said.

Gamble read “Hooray for Fly Guy” to the first-grade students, and when she was done she asked which part was the students’ favorites and talked about important messages from the book.

“The main idea of this book is never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Everyone has an important role on the team, no matter what position they play. Don‘t forget that,” Gamble said.

Gamble also explained to the students why it is important to read.

“You will always need to read in your life, wherever you go and whatever you do. In high school, the books get bigger and sometimes you have to write reports on them. If you start reading now and all through elementary and middle school, you will be prepared for high school,” Gamble said.


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