TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball players and one member of the coaching staff recently helped a local elementary school fulfill a learning grant to present books to class members.
On Thursday March 23, senior baseball players Jonathan Banks, Chris Sokoloff, and Cody Sunderhaus joined assistant coach Sean Bendel in talking with a combination of two fourth-grade classes at Sugar Creek Consolidated Elementary School. One fourth-grade teacher secured a grant for free book distribution that required a community speaker to address 'the issues of respect and doing your best'.
The players each talked about who and what they respected and recalled a time during their life when they did their best. Coach Bendel engaged the students in a conversation about respect, with the students providing answers to questions related to respecting individuals, property, and themselves. A question and answer session between the students and the baseball players then ensued.
Lastly, the players handed out a copy of the book that was provided through the grant to each of the students.
The Rose-Hulman baseball team continued its community service tradition, which has also included time at the Griffin Park Bark and the local Exotic Feline Rescue Center over the past several years.