Cheers and a sea of red (Red Wings shirts and caps, that is) greeted
representatives from the Detroit Red Wings Foundation who visited Morgan
Elementary at a recent school assembly.
“Coaches” John Guerrero and Zach Konnie presented Morgan Elementary students
with floor hockey gear along with fun lessons on the importance of education and
dedication to doing the right things.
The process of hard work to succeed in school was compared to the effort
required of professional athletes stay at the top of their game.
That message seemed to hit home with the students. Sixth grader Blake Fettig
said he’s dedicating himself to becoming a professional hockey player, but if
that doesn’t happen, he’ll study law enforcement in college.
Classmate Alexandra Fulgos said she learned to eat healthier and work hard. She intends to become a second grade teacher when she grows up.
Emmalee Kramer, also in sixth grade, vowed to work hard to accomplish more, because she hopes to become both an artist and a veterinarian.
The children also learned a bit about the game of hockey and some fun facts
about Detroit’s favorite NHL team. Prizes were won during a hockey and
health-themed quiz, and the new gear was given a workout during an impromptu
shootout between teachers and students.
Art teacher Karen Borbolla, who arranged for the assembly, was pleased with
the program’s message and said, “It’s really exciting when professionals in any
field take time to create an educational program which is uplifting and
empowering to children. That makes them feel important and that they matter.
Support is powerful and it leads to greatness!”
Principal Sue Balcueva added that the presentation connected with Morgan’s
“Living Above the Line” motto, as well as the addition of healthier foods to the
school lunch program.
The Red Wings Foundation in partnership with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of
Michigan and Kroger offers the “Education and Dedication” program at no charge
to schools in Metro Detroit.