16 May 2011
04 May 2011
Class gets time with a Warrior for story win
Eight-year-old Khodaysa Rajabi had never heard of the Vodafone Warriors before she moved to Auckland.
But the Panmure Bridge School student's short story about a young boy's discovery of rugby league was the standout story in the League for Libraries programme.
It won her a signed Vodafone Warriors shirt – and player Jerome Ropati gave it to her himself.
Mr Ropati visited an unsuspecting room 7 on April 14 to congratulate them on being one of eight Auckland schools selected to take part in the Konica Minolta League in Libraries programme.
An excited and attentive class listened as he reiterated the importance of reading and writing no matter what career path you choose.
"The stories this year were all really good, a lot of thought and heart was put into each one," he says.
"One of the most important aspects of my job is reading and writing for game plans, schedules and even nutrition and diet plans," he says.
"Reading and writing is a valuable life skill to learn and enjoy for your future and chosen career."
The League for Libraries initiative invited years 4 and 5 students from Auckland to put pen to paper and write an illustrated short story or poem that creatively included their favourite Vodafone Warriors player.
Khodaysa's story was selected from 350 entries.
It tells of a young boy called Steve Price and his discovery of rugby league after he couldn't watch his favourite game – basketball – on television. He and his friends Simon, Stacey, Sam and Manu secretly join a rugby league team and come to love the game.
Khodaysa was inspired by her personal interest in basketball. The year 5 student is new to the school after recently moving from Christchurch.
Mr Ropati also presented room 7 with a signed poster and tickets to a home game.
East And Bays Courier