Reading Month Brings R-P Football Players into Elementary Classrooms

The Varsity Football team paid a visit to Reeths-Puffer elementary classrooms last Friday in what has become an annual tradition during the month of March. Central Elementary, RPEL, and Twin Lake Elementary all participated in welcoming the Varsity players to read to their young Rockets and to get to know the future of Rocket City.

Subsequent Q/A sessions brought plenty of laughs between Rockets young and old in addition to some great stories. Not the least of which was one that took place in the classroom of Mari Rice, a fourth grade teacher at Twin Lake Elementary, when an unlikely source dropped some surprising wisdom on senior, Buck Tottingham. After being asked by the youngster what he scored on his ACT, Buck promptly replied, “25”. Evidently already enamored by Buck by this time, the youngster was so inspired by the fact that this was two points higher than the district goal of “23”, that he swore he would do the same. Buck would later say that he quietly told the youngster “to do better”.

Buck’s story wasn’t the only one that made waves during the players’ stay. The day was full of prideful interactions that would make any R-P alum smile. At Central Elementary, this was on visual display at recess time when a seemingly harmless football game transitioned to the Varsity players being tackled head-to-toe by what seemed like grades two through four. Hilarity ensued as Stephen Hanson, Corey Plichta, Matt Hoover, and Brandon Mullen fended off the youngsters the best they could but to no avail.

Special thanks go out to Laura Veihl, Kelly Griswold, Tracey Hanson, Amy Ross, Stephanie Cooper, Tamlin Garibay, Mari Rice, Shawn Garza, Barb Miller, Pam Turner, and Paul Klimsza for welcoming us into your buildings and classrooms and making this day possible. Go Rockets!

Check out these photos from our stay!


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