UNION — The students at Foster Park Elementary School recently had a very special visitor when the USC Union Bantam paid them a visit.
The Bantam is the mascot of the USC Union athletic program, but while he is mainly seen at the games of its baseball and softball teams, sports is not his only interest.
What’s the other interest? Why it’s reading, of course.
In addition to being a big sports booster, The Bantam is an avid reader — he’s in college, you know — and whenever he gets the chance he likes to support reading the same way he supports the USC Union teams.
How does he do that? How does The Bantam boost reading the way he does sport?
That’s simple, he’s a member of Foster Park Elementary School’s “Reading with the Bantams” program which brings USC Union softball and baseball players to the school to read with the students. In addition, the USC Union athletes work with the FPES Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth on reading strategies to help the children learn to read.
Recently, The Bantam visited FPES as part of the program, meeting students, both in the classroom and in the halls, posing for pictures and, of course, helping encourage the children to read.
Yes, The Bantam is a big supporter of reading and encourages children to read and by doing so he sets an example for the rest of us to do the same. So, like The Bantam and the athletes of USC Union and the staff of Foster Park Elementary School, encourage children to read by reading to them and with them and, as they gain greater confidence and ability, listen to them as they read to you.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.