BRANDON, MB — Last week, to help 128 Grade 2 to 4 students celebrate “I Love To Read Month”, eight basketball Bobcats volunteered to read stories, to participate in various kid-friendly activities and to lead the children on tours of the campus.
The students, who hailed from George Fitton, King George, Riverview and New Era Schools, spent an entire morning absorbing the university atmosphere. They began in the gymnasium, where eight reading stations had been set up. After three stories, Bobcats coach Gil Cheung had the kids on their feet, learning basketball drills. Once warmed up, the classes followed the Bobcats players to various spots on campus — the anthropology lab, the printmaking and ceramics studios, the Bell Tower and the library. Library assistants had decorated the entrance to welcome the students and also gave each teacher a book for their classroom collection.
The final stop, before returning to the gymnasium for more exercise, was the new exhibit in the geology department, featuring Jerome the Dromaeosaurus. To cap the experience, each child received a graphic novel, courtesy of Pennywise Books owned by BU alumnus Keith Edmunds, and the teachers also received more books, donated by BU alumna Sally Bender, for their schools.
For more information, please contact:
Joanne F. Villeneuve
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9