The students at Salt River Elementary School were very excited as they anticipated the arrival of Fox 10 weatherman Cory McCloskey on the morning of April 22. The morning was a fabulous weather day: clear, sunny and near 70 degrees. Many of the children were looking forward to meeting McCloskey and getting the opportunity to be in one of the live video feeds in that day’s morning news segment on KSAZ Channel 10.
When McCloskey arrived, he just missed a regular morning activity at the school. Every morning the students involved with the Running Club and others take part in physical activities, running or walking laps. The Running Club students have set a goal to log at least 100 miles each by the end of the school year. This is just one of the activities the school has been involved with over the years to create ways to promote wellness among the students.
For this morning, the elementary school had most of its 365 students out on the basketball and play courts to be a part of the “welcoming committee” to meet “Cory the TV weatherman” and speak with him. Some students held signs and posters welcoming Channel 10 to SRES. There was a sign promoting Earth Day, and one student, Jarvin James, held a special sign that read, “Cory, I’m Your #1 Fan.” When asked about his sign, young James said, “Yes, I’m a fan, and my family watches Channel 10!”
McCloskey spent some time speaking with SRES teacher Angelo Fernando about the school’s solar oven that is used to educate students. McCloskey also took time to speak with fourth-grader Antonio Valencia about his involvement with the Robotics Club and STEM program. McCloskey appeared impressed with the involvement of SRES in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
McCloskey took the time to walk around and engage with most of the classes that were present out on the court. He asked how the kids were doing, and he answered some questions; he signed autographs and took pictures with some of the students; he also spent time taking “selfies” with some of the adults and their children.
The morning was an exciting one for the students who attended the event. Before the morning ended, word reached the Au-Authm Action News office that some Community members had reported that they saw the live broadcast showing the positive interaction with students at SRES. Who knows, this day may have inspired some up and coming future newscasters from the SRPMIC!