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Bryson Goodwin and Shaune Corrigan recently visited the Kindergarten students at Our Lady Mount Carmel Primary School for their participation in the weekly Teachers' Aide program.

The students were busily working on a number of different cooperative activities around the classroom and took turns, one at a time, to read to one of the players.

There was much encouragement from Bryson and Shaune and it would appear that they had been working with the students for many weeks, however this was the first session in the kindergarten classroom for these particular players.

Bryson commented that he did not quite know what to expect from the session, however was enjoying helping the students out.

I really enjoy visiting the schools," Goodwin said.

"Its great seeing that the kids love it."

Classroom teacher, Jane Sonego, commented that the students are extremely enthusiastic about the presence of the players each week.

When I told the children that the Souths players were coming today, they all said Yes!," Ms Sonego said.

"The children are starting to build a great rapport with the players and it is so nice for them to have another person to listen to them read.

The students clearly enjoyed the time spent with the players and in some cases did not wish to stop reading.

When asked about what he thought were the potential benefits for the students, Shaune said that the players were able to act as good role models.

The students see us on TV and then get to see us reading in their classroom," Corrigan said.

"I ask the kids if they would like me to read to them, but they have all wanted to read to me.

The students are clearly keen to display their growing skills as they progress into only their seventh week of Kindergarten.

I have all their pictures up at my house and I read him (Bryson) a book, claimed one proud student.

What a great incentive for these beginning readers!

The collaboration between the schools and the Teachers' Aide program runs weekly and involves the entire NRL squad.
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