Jake Locker adds a bit of pizzazz to Fisher Reading Night

Jake Locker adds a bit of pizzazz to Fisher Reading Night
Posted on 03/16/2017
Something about having a former NFL quarterback headline an event can offer a bit more excitement for elementary age students. The staff at Fisher Elementary School hopes that excitement translates to the real reason Locker arrived on campus in March: to encourage reading.

As part of Fisher’s annual reading night, Locker, a Ferndale resident and former University of Washington and NFL football player, brought his three children along for a bit of an evening reading session for students and families.

The evening started with principal Courtney Ross offering an introduction of the importance of reading as a lifelong skill, a message tied to March as National Reading Month, an event Fisher celebrates with a book title scramble event, story writing contest, an invitation to create a favorite book character and a March 27 parade of students dressed as their favorite book characters.

Megan Herwerden, Fisher’s dean of students, says staff also encourages students and families to write their favorite book title down and explain why they chose it. A few of them will get read over the intercom each day during March.

For Locker, that favorite book was “Good Good Father,” which he told the group helped encapsulate what life was all about. Locker explained that he grew up in a home with a father who loved him and cared for him and that the book’s author, Chris Tomlin, also a musician, was able to capture the importance of a father’s love in the book he chose to read.

After Locker read his selection he spent some time answering questions from the students, even admitting that when he was their age he wasn’t a great reader but that his parents encouraged him to get better. He told the students he’s now thankful he practiced reading because he enjoys it so much and that it helped him become a more well-rounded person who now understands more about different people, cultures and experiences. Plus, he said, reading can sharpen your imagination.

Herwerden says the entire event, which also included some book giveaways to get more books into the homes of students, serves to generate excitement around reading and they try to mix up the annual event to keep it interesting for students and families.

Whether from staff, students or even Locker, reading has taken a key role in the culture of Fisher Elementary.