Game day activities begin at RES
By Mathew McKay
RAWLINS — Dressed in their red game day jerseys, the Rawlins Outlaw football players welcomed cars and buses full of students to the Rawlins Elementary 2-5 building Friday morning.
As part of the ‘hug and go’ program, players spent time opening up car doors and giving students high fives as they walked towards the front doors of the school.
Colton Garlington, senior wide receiver, said he enjoyed interacting with the younger children and feels like it helps the students connect with who the players are.
“I feel like if they would have done this when I was in elementary school, it would have been really nice,” he said.
Renata Duncan, elementary counselor, said the football team has been coming out on game day for several years now to greet the students.
“I think especially for our little boys, seeing these guys out here — they think it is the coolest thing ever,” she said. “They are our local town heroes when you think about it.”
Duncan said some of these football players were her students at one point, adding that everything seemed to have come full circle.
In addition to the players coming out on game day, Duncan said having faculty members out front is a normal each day activity — simply to say hello.
“We have a lot of traffic in the mornings,” she said. “We have people out here making sure kids are getting out of the car safely.”
Duncan said the staff is the first group of faces the students see in the morning and they try to bring a little extra energy and excitement for the day.
“If a child is having a rough start to their day, having a little tear, or having a rough time starting with the day, we can grab that kid give, them an extra hug and make sure they get into their classroom OK.”