Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker channeled his inner Dr. Seuss last week at Creighton’s Corner Elementary School / photo courtesy @
Ashburn, VA (Mar. 12, 2016) – Creighton’s Corner Principal Chris Knott promised the students in fourth and fifth grades a “big guest” for Read Across America Day in his Tuesday night Connect-ED phone call.
What the students didn’t know was that their “big guest” would be 6-2, 325-pound defensive end Chris Baker of the Washington Redskins.
Baker, who is in his eighth year in the NFL and his fifth year with the Redskins, arrived to cheers from the jersey-clad students. He was wearing his number 92 jersey with an additional accessory – a Dr. Seuss hat.
In his deep, bass voice, Baker told the students that he was there “in recognition of your great effort.” The Redskins Charitable Foundation awarded Creighton’s Corner the incentive assembly due to the school’s outstanding participation in the Redskins Read program. Baker then encouraged the students “to make some noise.” He read aloud from Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Illustrations from the book were projected on the screen for the 400 students in the two grades to see from their seats on the gym floor.
Following the reading, Baker took questions from the students. They asked him about leadership, role models and the role of reading in his life. He told the students that he reads everything from playbooks to the movement of players on the field. He encouraged students to read 30 minutes to an hour each day and told them that his favorite books when he was their age were the “Hoop it up” series and the “Goosebumps” series.
The Redskins Read program runs from September through March. Each month, an individual student and a classroom are recognized for their reading and the writing they do in their Redskins Read Playbooks. Students of the month from throughout the year were called to the stage to meet Baker and pose for photographs. Those students are: Kylie Marschall, September; Carly Van Benten, October; Rahul Jayaraman, November; Jessica Phillips, December; Scarlett Thompson, January; and Jerica Doe, February.
The monthly award winners then joined Baker in the principal’s office for specially decorated Dr. Seuss cookies and conversation about what the students are currently reading. Baker signed each student’s student-of-the-month certificate and autographed a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go for each them.
The fourth grade classroom of Chris Buck was Baker’s next stop. Buck’s class was named the top-performing class for February. The students in this class received Redskins ear buds and a customized football recognizing the partnership between the Redskins and Creighton’s Corner. Baker also visited Buck’s classroom. There, students read to Baker from their Redskins Read Playbooks and had Baker autograph their playbooks. Baker also demonstrated the signature dance he performs after sacking a quarterback and asked the students “You like that?”
by Loudoun County Public Schools