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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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Week of January 25th
Chase Sposito
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Chase Sposito
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Week of February 1st
Souttina and Sofia
The Colors of Us
by Karen Katz
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Souttina and Sofi
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Week of February 8th
Pau Alcolea
Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Pau Alcolea
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Week of February 22nd
Karije Henderson
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Karije Henderson
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Week of March 1st
Kailee Payne
The Water Princess
by Susan Verde
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Kailee Payne
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Week of March 8th
Will Ruth
The Skin You Live In
by Michael Tyler
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Little Red Mystery Reader - William Ruth
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Week of March 15th
Sawyer Tierney
Be Who You Are
by Todd Parr
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Sawyer Tierney
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Week of March 22nd
Daniel Parker
The Word Collector
by Peter H. Reynolds
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Daniel Parker
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Week of March 29th
Amya Dennard
I Really Like Slop
by Mo Willems
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Amya Dennard
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Week of April 12th
Zachary Neely
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Zach Neely
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Week of April 19th
Grace Blodgett
Anti-Racist Baby
by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Grace Blodgett
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Week of April 26th
Julia and Viveka
She Persisted
by Chelsea Clinton
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Julia and Viveka
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Week of May 3rd
Anona Pattington
Families, Families, Families!
by Suzanne Lang
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Anona Pattington
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Week of May 10th
Colin Blakeslee
The Sandwich Swap
by Queen Rania Al Abdullah
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Little Red Mystery Reader - Colin Blakeslee
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