Fredbird and Friends Program Promotes Being a Good Teammate

Posted on 01/11/2018
Fredbird and Friends Program Promotes Being a Good Teammate

Students at Warren Elementary were recently visited by St. Louis royalty, Fredbird and retired Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan. As part of The Fredbird and Friends program, the two are traveling around the St. Louis metro area to educate kindergarten through fifth grade students. The program asks students “What makes a good teammate?”

The assembly promoted three key messages: be active, be responsible, and be yourself. “It’s nice to come together for something fun that also shares a message about values that we strive to instill in our students every day,” said Assistant Principal Intern Megan Beckham. “Fredbird is a celebrity to our students and his antics make everyone laugh.”

“He goes out of his way to include special needs students and make them feel included in the program.” During a short video clip, Fredbird sat down next to visually impaired students and ran their hands over his beak, the feathers on his arms, and his oversized sneakers. The student’s faces were filled with joy at getting an up close and personal experience from the beloved mascot.

Fredbird pulled students and teachers out of the crowd to dance and make silly noises, but also had them provide examples of how they were a good teammate. Participants were awarded Cardinals merchandise including teddy bears, jerseys, and pennants. Participants left in good spirits, with smiles on their faces.  The students and staff at Warren Elementary were already a great team, and now they are also ready to be the best teammates possible thanks to McClellan and Fredbird. 

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