Students at Anne Roberts Young Elementary had a special treat April 20 when they were visited virtually by a couple of CFL players.
Andrew Pierson and Claudell Louis spoke to the entire school via video chat as part of the BC Lions FortisBC Energy Champions Program. Each class had a camera so the players and students could see each other and interact.
"The kids would put their hands up in response to questions the players asked, and it was neat to see (Pierson and Louis) interact with the kids," said Principal Broyden Bennett. "They had the kids up off their chairs, running on the spot, and it was really cool that they were able to talk to real athletes and people they might look up to."
The players spoke to the students about energy consumption, and different ways students could save energy at school and at home.
"They spoke to the kids about tips to save energy, turning down the heat, having shorter showers, powering off electronics, those kinds of things," said Bennett.
Bennett said the school doesn't always have these kind of opportunities, as in-person visits from players would normally be done in the lower mainland. But he was glad that technology made the virtual presentation an option.
Pierson, an offensive lineman from Kingston, Ontario, has played two seasons with the Lions. Louis, born in Haiti, played his college ball for Fresno State University. The defensive tackle has played two seasons with the Lions as well.
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