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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Mount Calvary Catholic School students cheer during an assembly in the Forestville school’s gymnasium on Sept. 17.
Published on: Friday, September 27, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Washington Redskins star cornerback Josh Wilson challenged the children at Mount Calvary Catholic School in Forestville to a reading competition last week.
An assembly was held Sept. 17 in the gymnasium with eager students awaiting Wilson’s arrival in the morning. The cornerback is a former student at Mount Calvary, and he had a mission to help set a standard for literacy.
“I loved it. It felt like I never left,” Wilson said. “This is to encourage kids to read, so they realize how important reading is and to get the proper education while having fun doing it at the same time. It is really to boost the kids’ knowledge, and we are doing whatever we can to help our county to get better.”
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, a Prince George’s County native, speaks with students at his former school on Sept.17.
Pastor Everett Peterson and school Principal Darcy A. Tomko welcomed Wilson and his wife, Jazmin, with open arms at the front door and the cheering commenced as the couple entered the gymnasium.
The Wilsons set a reading challenge for the students to promote effective reading habits with incentive. Mount Calvary students were urged to read more books than the students at Potomac Landing Elementary School, where Jazmin Wilson attended school as a child in Fort Washington.
Prizes — including a tour of FedEx Field and a chance to meet Redskins players — will be awarded to the students who meet the reading requirements.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the students,” Tomko said. “It is an essential part of everything we do in learning. We are very honored to have our school chose by our alumni Josh Wilson to participate in this exciting adventure.”
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Jazmin Wilson, wife of Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, speaks to students at Mount Calvary Catholic School on Sept.17.
Students donning Washington Redskins gear were awe struck in the presence of one of their favorite players. Wilson greeted his audience with a big smile and brought some of his competitive spirit to the table.
Wilson spoke to the students and engaged the youngsters with the memories of his Mount Calvary days. The couple asked Redskins trivia questions and gave out prizes for the correct answers. The students knew their stuff. Almost every participant had the right answers.
Before saying a farewell to his audience, Wilson took the time to speak with the staff and signed a 1999 class T-shirt that his former aftercare teacher, Rita Palmer, brought for him.
“It is great. This school has so much to do with what I am today,” he said. “Seeing the people that were instrumental to me ... this is a place that changed me and made me realize how important it is to focus, so this is a blessing.”