Educating and Celebrating Ahead of the Big Game Across Abington

All across Abington School District on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, students mixed education into their Super Bowl celebrations. 

The Abington Senior High football players and cheerleaders teamed up to visit Overlook Elementary School to read to students in grades K-6 as part of the annual “Reading Super Bowl” event. For the past five years on the Friday before the big game, high school students read to each classroom and hand out team trading cards that feature the title of each player’s favorite children’s book. In addition, all students were invited to wear their favorite team jerseys — especially in light of this weekend’s football festivities — and were also encouraged to bring a can of soup to donate to a local food pantry to truly make it a “souper” celebration. After the reading activities, the football players and cheerleaders attended a pizza luncheon with the school’s sixth-graders. 

Additionally, the excitement of the Philadelphia Eagles going to the Super Bowl reminded the McKinley Elementary School community of our national bird, the bald eagle. McKinley’s Roots and Shoots Club and Ms. Greco’s second grade class teamed up to raise awareness about protecting this beautiful species. To do this, McKinley sponsored a “Protect the National Bird Day.” Students and staff showed their support for the conservation movement by wearing apparel with an eagle on it, giving an optional donation to the American Eagle Foundation, or both. The school raised more than $150 to be donated to the American Eagle Foundation,  and also sang the Eagles chant, led by school custodian, Mr. Russ Saunders. Of course, no Eagles chant is complete without learning how to spell: E-A-G-L-E-S! 

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