McNary students-athletes add a hyphen: mentor

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The last time Garrett Hittner and Hayden Gosling stepped into classrooms at Clear Lake Elementary School, everything – the rooms, the books, the desks – seemed a lot bigger. Probably because they were fifth graders at the time. “Everything about the school seems to have changed,” Gosling said. Hittner and Gosling, now seniors at McNary High School, are part of a new Read Victorious program designed, in part, by McNary football coach Isaac Parker. Perry Groves, Kyle Torres and Tanner Walker are also taking part in the program. They leave campus three days a week and travel to Clear Lake to mentor second graders at the school. “I take them to the library and have them pick out a book. Sometimes I read it to them, sometimes they read to me,” said Hittner, who works with the students of his former teacher Karla McFadden. Gosling’s task on Tuesday, May 20, was working with a group of four students on dictation and writing sentences with all the correct punctuation. “They like to get noisy, but they’re really good kids, they do the work correctly and they’re really fun to be around,” Gosling said. Hittner tries to put himself in his students’ shoes when they get excited to see him. “If I was in second grade and had older kids coming in to work...

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