Several members of the New Manchester High School football team recently shared their love of reading with three and four-year-old students in the LEAP (Learning & Early Assessment for Preschoolers) program based at New Manchester High School. Eddie Ellis, one of the players on the football team, initiated the reading event with the classroom teacher, Samantha Remondelli. Each player paired up with a preschool student and read the unit story from the Read It Once Again curriculum used in the classroom. Afterwards, the football players assisted the preschool students with snack time by talking while using the communication board, a system of communication with pictures to help foster independent communication for students who cannot communicate verbally.
“Our preschoolers had a blast when the star football players came to read to them,” said LEAP teacher Samantha Remondelli. The players first introduced themselves and talked to the children about what sport they played. Then the players paired up with students to read while taking a picture walk and talking with our students. The preschoolers had a lot to say to the players, and they could not stop smiling. The spirit, initiative, and compassion these football players showed was inspiring and encouraging to both students and teachers.