The Lloydminster Bobcats traded stories with area students and schools and Sept. 3 they were in Jack Kemp Community School talking to Grade 1 students about the importance of reading. Each student received a book about Bob the Bobcat, a special book just for youngsters.
Along with Bob, were Bobcats Ryan Hendrix, who wears jersey #20 on the ice, Austin Yaremchuk (7) and Jimmy Tish (4).
“It was great to have the Bobcats here helping us kick off our school year,” school principal Josie Gordon said. “They have been great supporters and mentors for our kids for the past many years. It is really exciting they have a new thing to share, their book Bob the Cat.”
The reason behind the excitement for Gordon is the fact, “We focus a lot on literacy at our school, encouraging kids to read, and also encouraging kids to participate in the community. So, tying those two things together with the Bobcats is super.”
It was great to see the students interact with who Gordon called celebrities. The students had great questions for the players and even convinced Bob to jump and touch the ceiling. Gordon said by the calibre and nature of the questions and comments from the students, that they were connecting with the Bobcats.
Good things happen when you get these kids together with their idols, and Gordon explained, “There is always energy and excitement when you have great representatives like the Bobcats and they are wearing their jerseys and talking about team spirit.”