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The Albany Empire surprises Slingerlands students

Filed in Slingerlands by on May 29, 2018

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On Thursday, May 24, Slingerlands students in eight classrooms were surprised when their Mystery Readers of the week turned out to be players from the Capital Region’s very own Arena Football team, the Albany Empire.

The Mystery Reader program is offered based on teacher preference and usually involves a parent or relative surprising a classroom and reading to the students. According to Second Grade Teacher Elizabeth Gentile – who organized the visit from the Albany Empire players – the program is a great opportunity for the parents to get involved in the classroom and it gets the students interested in reading.

“I give the students some clues a few days before the Mystery Reader visits,” said Gentile. “They just love the anticipation of who the reader may be.” 

In an effort to shake things up, Gentile reached out to the Albany Empire hoping that one of the players could stop by the school – instead she got EIGHT!

“It’s an amazing opportunity for students to see professional athletes as readers,” said Gentile. 

The Albany Empire is a professional arena football team based in the Capital Region that began playing at the Times Union Center this past spring.

The players met with students from kindergarten to third grade and read books from “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses” to Tiki and Ronde Barber’s book “Teammates.”

A big thank you to the Albany Empire and players Joe Sykes, Joe Hills, Wes Mauia, Arthur Hobbs, Collin Taylor, Willie McGinnis, Malachi Jones and Ryan Cave for stopping by!

To learn more about the Albany Empire click here