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Varsity Athletes Connect with Younger Students through "Little Red Readers"

ICSD Athletics recently launched "Little Red Readers," a program designed to foster a sense of community throughout the district and establish our varsity student-athletes as mentors for younger students.

Research indicates that youth who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Studies also show that when youth can identify positive role models within their family or school, they are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and exercise.

In the Little Red Readers program, ICSD varsity student-athletes make connections with younger students through weekly book readings. Every Friday, one or more "Mystery Readers" record themselves reading a favorite childhood book, and the recording is shared with students at all eight of our elementary schools the following Monday. In addition to the reading, each student-athlete also shares a handful of fun facts about themselves, creating more meaningful connections for the younger students.

Mystery Readers are encouraged to choose books that promote anti-racism, inclusion, and equity, like Anti-Racist Baby by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi or All Are Welcome Here by Alexandra Penfold, and some will read in languages other than English.

Be sure to check back here every Tuesday to find out who the week's Little Red Mystery Reader is!

 

Weekly Mystery Readers

 
Week of December 7th
Nick Cartmill
The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Nick Cartmill
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Week of December 14th
Willow Lewis
A Chair for My Mother
by Vera Williams
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Willow Lewis
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Week of December 21st
Cade Eells
I Am Enough
by Grace Byers
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Cade Eells
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Week of January 4th
Girls Lacrosse
Happy in Our Skin
by Fran Manushkin
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Elizabeth Joffrey
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Week of January 11th
Saba Weatherspoon
Hair Love
by Matthew A. Cherry
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Saba Weatherspoon
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Week of January 18th
Elinor Kops Kuveke
Morris Micklewhite and the
Tangerine Dress
by Christine Baldacchino
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Eli Kuveke
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