- Students at The University of Southern Mississippi's DuBard School
for Language Disorders will get a special treat on Thursday, Sept.
11, in the form of a visit from some of their gridiron heroes -
members of the Southern Miss Golden Eagle football squad.
For the 10th
year in a row, the DuBard School will host Black and Gold Day, a
chance for students to get to know the Golden Eagles coaches and
players, and vice versa. Black and Gold Day will get started at
Director Dr. Maureen Martin said that it was a day the students
were very much looking forward to.
are such powerful role models for children," Martin said. "It
really means a lot for them to go into a classroom and see the work
that somebody is doing, or read a story that someone has written.
It gives the children encouragement that they're doing a good job,
and working hard to learn all these things. It's a very special
day for our children and our staff."
In honor of
Black and Gold Day, children and instructors at the school will
all be dressed in black and gold. When the coaches and players arrive
at the school, they will spend time visiting with the children in
their classrooms, and may even find themselves involved in the curriculum.
usually get very creative," Martin said, "and they often
have stories written about the coaches or players or the mascot.
We take our basic curriculum and try to do some special things for
Black and Gold Day."
After a period
of interaction in the classroom, Black and Gold Day will move into
the school's cafeteria, where the students will urge the team to
victory with a pep rally.
Kristian Broome, a student at DuBard, said that she is eagerly anticipating
Black and Gold Day.
fun last year," Broome said. "We went to the lunch room
and all the players signed autographs and we did a cheer.
10-year-old Kenny Bryant, said, "Last year it was fun to meet
the players and the coach."
that over the years, Black and Gold Day has provided a meaningful
experience between the football team and the students.
really interesting," Martin said, "because the players
who have never been here before, I can usually read on their faces
'What am I doing here?' Usually by the time they're leaving, the
children and the players have bonded. It's really a wonderful experience."
Black and Gold
Day is also instilling Eagle Fever in some young football fans,
many of whom already view themselves as members of the Southern
of our children, when asked where they go to school, say they go
to school at Southern Miss," Martin said.