(Left to Right) Jack Ralston, Will Proctor, Luke Roskam, Oliver Dunn, Ken Waldichuk, and Cody Carroll wait for students to arrive for the morning reading program.
Wareham Gatemen players took time out of their mornings to sit down and read to students of Rochester Memorial this morning, June 20.
Library teacher Sandi Sollauer said the students always look forward to this time of the year when the players stop by to answer questions and read to the students.
“This is, by far, the highlight of year,” Sollauer said. “The kids really look forward to it. They make the poster to welcome the Gatemen players and there’s a lot of excitement that surrounds the players arrival.”
This is the fourth year the Gateman have visited Rochester Memorial for its reading program. The players were stationed in the library and the students came to them this time around.
The players introduced themselves to the students telling them their names, their position, their year in college, and where they go to college. The students were then given the chance to ask the players questions.
After introductions and the short Q&A, the players and students split into four groups where the players read a short book to the students. The players also signed autographs for the students and gave them schedules for the season.
Sollauer said she thinks the students got more out of the experience than just the autographs.
“The message [the players] send to the kids is just incredible,” Sollauer said. “The kids realize that things that they like, or to follow their passion, you know, whatever their thing is, if they want it they have to work hard and be determined. They realize that things don’t always come easy and aren’t always necessarily fun. I think they definitely get that message from the players about working hard and staying determined.”
Sollauer also mentioned, “[the students] also get the message of giving back to the community because we have this, the reading program, as a volunteer thing just to promote working hard and reading. Over the four years that I’ve been doing this, every player that has come in I just can’t say enough about them, they are just so kind and well spoken and I just think it’s a fantastic program.”
The Gatemen players in attendance for this mornings reading program were Jack Ralston, Will Proctor, Luke Roskam, Oliver Dunn, Ken Waldichuk, and Cody Carroll.
The Gatemen will have its next reading program tomorrow, June 21, at Minot Forest.
As for Gatemen baseball action, the Gatemen will conclude its four game home stand tonight as they take on the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at 6:30pm on Spillane Field.