KEENE, N.H.--Members of the Keene State College baseball team and head coach Ken Howe paid a visit to the Jaffrey Grade School to read books, talk about the life of a collegiate student-athlete, and the importance of a good education.
"Members of the team had an opportunity to visit with six different classrooms over a two day period at the Jaffrey grade school," said Howe, who is set to begin his 32nd season at the helm this coming spring. "There was a little nervous apprehension in the vans on the way over, but they all really enjoyed themselves and meeting with the children, talking to them about the importance of getting a good education, reading a book to them and spending a little time on the playground as well."
The visit was organized by Howe and Nancy Springfield, a fourth grade teacher at Jaffrey School, a member of the Keene State College Class of 1990, and mother Owls' junior outfielder Devin Springfield.
"As an alum of KSC and with a son on the team, the partnership between the KSC baseball team and Jaffrey Grade School seemed to happen naturally. When I brought up the idea of having the players visit our school, the other 4th and 5th grade teachers were quite excited about it," said Nancy Springfield. "The Keene State baseball players read aloud picture books, discussed with the kids the life of student athlete, making good choices and the importance of academics as related to athletics. We ended our visit with a few laps around the playground to emphasis the importance of physical fitness. As one 5th grade student commented during the visit, "This is the best school day ever!"
A video was put together by the Jaffrey Public Relations team: