Now that Valentine’s Day is here, little children are begging their parents for Barbie and G.I. Joe Valentine’s cards. Schools promote this holiday very well. Cutout hearts and candy are passed around and kids find “true love” on this day. The Windsor Elementary School celebrates V-day in a special way. For the past seven years, athletes from Eastern have participated in what the school calls a story night. Ten male and female athletes volunteer to entertain the children for the evening. These EWU athletes are in full uniform when they arrive at the elementary school. Cheerleaders, football players, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf. You name it, and they are present. Dr. Barb Brock is the brain behind this idea. “The children get very excited and I look forward to it,” she said.
The children are singing a song this year in honor of the athletes, “I’m not going to be your Valentine.” The cheerleaders will teach the children cheers and 3 on 3-basketball scrimmages follow. After all the fun is had, each athlete goes to a designated room where children will get comfortable for story time. Each EWU student has the room prepared ahead of time for the readings. After the story is over, the athlete will engage in conversation about literature with the students. This allows the child some one on one time with the athlete. The children look forward to this event every year.
“It does, indeed take a village to raise a child,” says the principle of Windsor School, Kaye Auccut. This is true. The children learn form these athletes and have the mind set that they too can achieve anything. The children are also allowed autographs form the athletes. Autograph books are provided for this exciting time. This is an excellent program and it will be continued for as long a possible.