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Friday, September 30, 2011

Investing in the future. Jared Childress, a senior at Monett, takes time to read to kindergartners at Monett Elementary on Wednesday. Childress is part of Monett High School's Breakfast of Champions program that aims to give back to its younger students and the community. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
It is referred to as the "Breakfast of Champions," but it doesn't involve eating your Wheaties.

On Wednesday, several Monett High School athletes traveled to Central Park Elementary and Monett Elementary schools to take time to read to the students.

"The concept of this program has been around for awhile," said Monett Athletic Director Daryl Bradley. "It is, however, new to for us at Monett."

The Breakfast of Champions involves high school athletes interacting with younger students on a weekly basis, in a way that promotes the importance of education, community involvement and school pride.

"We have been kicking this idea around for awhile, and this summer the concept really developed," said Bradley. "I really want to thank Assistant Principal David Miller and Assistant Athletic Director Michael Calhoun. They have done a wonderful job in helping to start this program."

For the athletes involved, it is a chance to build a stronger foundation for Monett youth.

"I think it is a neat idea," said Jeff Craft, a senior at Monett. "We get to interact with younger students and give a little bit back to the community."

Bradley hopes that this program will become a mainstay at Monett.

"With this program, we want to show that life is more than just sports," said Bradley. "We want students to realize the importance of education and the necessity of giving back to the community."

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