Hoops Truckers wow Pleasant students

It's a message students repeatedly hear from educators academics come before athletics, not the other way around. Pleasant Elementary School students recently heard it from student athletes themselves. Principal Janice Smith invited Norwalk High School basketball players to encourage students to stay in school and put academics first.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

It's a message students repeatedly hear from educators academics come before athletics, not the other way around.

Pleasant Elementary School students recently heard it from student athletes themselves. Principal Janice Smith invited Norwalk High School basketball players to encourage students to stay in school and put academics first.

"It's one thing for me to say it in the classroom," fourth-grade teacher Carrie Beat said. She added it's more meaningful if people closer to their age tell them.

Beat's son, Adam, a junior power forward, was one of the players on hand to entertain and persuade the students.

The players also included Tyler Smith, a senior small forward and the principal's son.

After explaining the importance of homework, schoolwork and achievement tests, the players put on a basketball clinic for the students. They dunked, passed, shot and performed tricks to the cheers of the kindergarten through fourth grade students. The children even got to shoot the ball with help from the players.

Principal Smith said many of the students attend Trucker games and indicated they'd like to meet the players. They got that chance this week and at least one kindergartner was thankful.

"Mrs. Smith, that was cool," Austin Belcher said.