The second-grade classes of Cheryl Saculla, Terry Wittenhauer, and student teacher Alyssa Krohn were a sea of blue and white on Thursday, Oct. 18 as the classes had some special visitors. The senior members of the Poland High School football team visited the school to connect with their young fans.
"Our second-graders conducted interviews that made them more aware of older students and what it is like to be in high school," Saculla said.
The idea came about as a way to connect the younger students to the high school athletes to show support and learn more about them. In turn, the high school football players got to also conduct interviews to learn about their young fans' likes and dislikes.
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Poland North second-grader Kelly Szolek gets some help finding out the favorite foods of Poland Bulldog linebacker Anthony Kosec last week during a special interview program.
Questions asked ranged from favorite foods to what it is like to play football. It started with the second-graders asking the questions, then finished with the high school kids asking their young fans similar questions.
At the end, the second-grade classes came together in the school auditorium to share what they had learned. The program wrapped up with a school pep rally in support of the football players. Members of the Poland Little Bulldog cheerleading squad led the classes in some cheers and wished the guys luck in the Friday game.
"When I approached coach (Mark) Brungard about the idea, he was quick to say yes," Saculla said.
As the football players arrived at Poland North, several students were selected to serve as a welcoming committee. They held the door and welcomed every player to the school. They were then paired up with North students for the program.
"It was one-on-one time," Saculla said.
She said it was special for the kids to see their heroes outside the football field and to be able to talk with them on a personal level. She said it also helped the football team see that they are role models for younger kids.