On Wednesday, the team’s forward Anthony Trevino sat at a shaded picnic table outside Fattic’s classroom. Across from him sat three boys and three girls, each taking turns reading pages of their current class book on the Wright brothers. Some read quickly and with inflection, others haltingly. One shyly declined to read while Trevino tried coaxing her into trying a portion of a page.
Afterward, second grader Iain Johnson, age 8, declared the experience “Awesome.” When asked what portion of the reading he liked best, Johnson declared, “mostly the end.”
Classmate Micah Leonor, 8, said the book was “kinda’ funny. It told me more than I ever knew about the story.”
Inside the classroom, Coach Olivas had just finished reading to his group of three girls and two boys, and began a conversation with the lively students. When an observer asked the children whether they liked reading, 8-year-old second grader Korey Knight replied, “mostly fine.” When asked whether they like to have grownups read to them, Mavett Cueva, a classmate with long dark hair, directly responded, “No. I only like soccer players.”
After the various groups had finished reading with the players, they all converged on a grassy field in the middle of the campus and began a quick game. Trevino said his experience reading to the children was “great” and found the students’ varying personalities interesting. He said the students were very focused on him and his actions. “Any chance we can get we want to come out here,” he said. “We’re really here to help the community.”
From Fattic’s perspective, the reading exercise benefits her students by encouraging an appreciation for literature, she said. “They realize all age groups love reading. It helps validate an activity for growth in our lives.”
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