Hart and Zavala elementary schools students joined forces this week for some friendly competition in both soccer and basketball to celebrate the success of the Community in Schools’ initiatives.
Both campuses’ soccer and reading clubs faced off at Hart Elementary on the field, while students from the schools’ basketball and homework program played hoops.
“There are both academic programs that use sports as motivation to have success in reading and school,” said Simon Chandler, EPISD’s Community Schools coordinator, and the ref for the soccer match up. “The basketball and tutoring program uses students love of basketball to stay after school and get a little help with homework.”
This is the first year for the basketball program and the expansion of the reading and soccer program to Zavala. Students from Hart Elementary ate snacks and waited in the cafeteria after school for their neighboring rivals.
“The reason why I got involved is because soccer is my favorite sport,” said Juan Guerra, a Hart third grader. “I like that we read first and then we get to play soccer.”
For other Hart students, the competition was a good opportunity to showcase their soccer skills.
“I hope we win and we get first place,” said Rhinnon Davila, a fourth grader.
Second grade basketball start Pierre Abrego joined to play his favorite sport but loves the academic aspect of the program, too.
“I started playing basketball when I was little four years old. I liked how they did the shoots so I started practicing and became really good,” he said. “I read so I can know more about basketball so I when I took the test, I got 100 and I got A honor roll.”