Wrestlers Read at Kean
For the past several years, the wrestling team has gone to Kean to read with the elementary students, now they are going above and beyond, introducing a new interactive teaching program this year.
Don Rammel, wrestling coach and Social Studies Dept. member, explains the new program is based around The Energy Bus for Kids, a book about positivity by Jon Gordon.
The 10 week curriculum goes over five rules for living a positive life, which the wrestlers will teach to students in Danielle Read Yohman’s second grade class.
“It ties in really well with Rachel’s Challenge,” Rammel said, referencing a district-wide anti-bullying initiative.
“It’s good for us, as student athletes at the high school, to give back.
The kids get out of it, someone to look up to, not necessarily because we’re student athletes or high school kids, but because we’re coming back [to the elementaries]” Rammel said.
Wrestler Chad Courtemanche (12), echoed Rammel’s sentiment, relating that he feels it is important for student athletes to be active in the district and give back to their learning community.
“I remember once, a little girl gave me and Avery [Winans] (12), a card that said, ‘You are cool,’ and I thought that was really nice,” Courtemanche said of an experience during the program last year.
Courtemanche looks forward to participating in this year’s program.