Atlanta Braves Players Pinch Hit as Guest Readers at Argyle Elementary School

Argyle Elementary students post with players form the Atlanta Braves, who stopped by the school to read to students November 1.

What size is your shoe? When is your next game? Does everyone cheer you on? Is it fun playing? Those are some of the questions Argyle Elementary School students lobbed at the Atlanta Braves minor league players who visited the school November 1.

The Braves players stepped off the field and into the classroom to pinch-hit as guest readers to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

The diverse group of players provided a unique experience for the students. Because a large percentage of students spoke Spanish in addition to English, the players read books in both languages.

“It is very rare to find guests, outside the students’ families, [to] come in and speak their native language,” said Jennifer Murchie, Argyle academic coach. “We were very fortunate to have [the Braves read to them in Spanish.] A lot of the kids, you could just see their eyes brighten as they were listening to them read in Spanish.”

According to Murchie, the players helped the students make connections because they got an opportunity to meet individuals from other countries.

Students like third grader LaKendrick and fourth grader Azjorya enjoyed listening to the guest readers and were excited to take home their new Atlanta Braves souvenirs.

“The students were so happy to have baseball players in their classroom,” Murchie added. “The players were even interacting with [the students] about the books, which is even better.”

Wright grew up watching the Atlanta Braves and confessed that he would have loved for baseball players to come read to his class when he was in elementary school.

“I think it kind of brightens their day when we can read to them,” baseball player Kyle Wright said.