When a parent reads to their child, it’s a special bonding time, but when kids get to share the reading experience with someone not that much older than them, it can spark within them a different kind of excitement for what’s between the pages of their favorite books.
Amid the hubbub of last week’s homecoming activities, the students and athletes of Moffat County High School found time to tear themselves away from their busy schedules and connect with their biggest — and smallest — fans by reading and playing games with local elementary children. More than 100 of the teens of MCHS popped into the classrooms across town before Friday’s lineup of events.
Thursday also held a surprise for younger children attending story-time at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, as varsity football players Sheldon Greenwood, Brayden Peterson and Joe Camilletti read aloud from some of the library’s many picture books.
“The kids love to see them here, and it lets them know that reading is still cool when you get older,” said Sally Beauchamp, coordinator for the children’s section of the library.
Apart from reading from books like “Fall Ball” and “How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?” the trio of athletes led a game of “Simon Says,” teaching the group of children preschool age and younger to cheer “Go Bulldogs!”
MCHS senior Peterson also got a reaction by donning a pair of battery-powered neon shades to read from “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.”
“It was a little hard to see just because there were so many lights on the side of my face,” he said.
Camilletti, a junior, said he enjoyed interacting with the smaller kids.
“They really look up to us,” he said.
Parent Carmen Stehle was in the crowd with her son, Nathaniel, 3, and daughter Aalyiah, 1.
“I’m really glad the high school kids are doing stuff like this,” she said.
Peterson said given the chance, he and his friends would love to be guests of the story-time again.
“If they ask us back, we’ll definitely do it,” he said.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.