March 26, 2013
Staff members from Bobcats Sports and Entertainment (BSE) teamed up with Husqvarna employees on March 26 to create an outdoor reading area for students at J.M. Alexander Middle School. Cats Care, the Bobcats community service initiative focusing on wellness, education and the fight against hunger, hosted the event.
Bobcat players Ramon Sessions and Josh McRoberts stopped by to help out planting flowers and left their handprint in concrete for the students to admire. Joining the players were the school’s Beautification Club, who takes pride in making J.M. Alexander look as nice as possible.
Sessions and McRoberts took the time to answer all of the students’ questions, while signing autographs and taking pictures.
“I think it’s really cool what you guys do for the school,” McRoberts responded after one member of the Beautification Club asked why he was interested in helping out at J.M. Alexander, “It’s great when you see kids your age that want to be involved with something like that. It’s bigger than worrying about yourself. We just wanted to come and show our support for you guys and what you do here.”
To encourage the students to continue achieving academically and take pride in their school, the Husqvarna Group installed stone benches and patios while creating new signage for the reading area.
“It’s really an honor for us to come here and help,” John Marchionda, Vice President of Marketing for Husqvarna, told the group, “As you heard from the team, it’s really important to us. Education is critical for your future and so is the outdoors.”
Husqvarna surprised the Beautification Club by donating a hedge-trimmer, a string-trimmer and a leaf blower to the middle school.
“Without education you can’t go anywhere in life,” Ramon Sessions stressed to the sixth graders. “It starts right here while you’re young and it’s one of those things you just have to focus on to get what you want out of life. It doesn’t have to be sports, it could be anything else and you’ll still have a great life.”