Redefining the Classroom

St. Ignace school children read with Laker athletes

Posted: March 24th, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE - Approximately 95 students in grades 1-8 from Gros Cap School in St. Ignace celebrated National Reading Month by spending March 11 with Lake Superior State student-athletes.

LSSU representatives from the women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, volleyball, and men's and women's cross country teams had a question and answer session with the students, then read and played games with them.

"They talked about grades, the importance of character and being a good person and student," said LSSU women's basketball coach Shannon Eggers of the discussion with students in grades 1-4. "The older group talked about going to college, about being a good person and not mean to anyone, and about making and maintaining good relationships."

Students in grades 5-8 took a campus tour, while the younger students reach in small groups. Afterward, everyone met in the gym to eat pizza, play basketball and volleyball, and read in groups.

"We loved having them and hope to do it again," Eggers said.

See photos of the event here.