“On a brisk spring afternoon, members of the CREC Public Safety Academy soccer and track and field teams took some time to give back to the CREC community.
As part of their commitment to community service, student athletes from the public-service themed high school traveled from Enfield to Glastonbury to participate in a collaborative soccer game with elementary-aged students from the Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School (GEMS).
Students from GEMS signed up to take part in the soccer game, which was offered as a feature of their afterschool enrichment programming. The young students were excited to show off their skills to the opposing high school athletes. There was a collaborative, but competitive spirit in the air as students from GEMS demonstrated that they were fierce competitors; one was even overheard asking the high school students not to go easy on them. “We’re not kids,” he said.
The afternoon was a time of enjoyment for all, and the students at GEMS are excited for and looking forward to a possible rematch against their bigger foes in the near future. The athletics program at the CREC Public Safety Academy, in addition to four other CREC high schools, was expanded just this year to include junior varsity. The program was carefully designed to be an extension of the district’s academic programming, including using athletics as an avenue to get CREC students more involved in the community. Participating students reside in many surrounding towns, including Bloomfield, Ellington, Enfield, Granby, Hartford, South Windsor, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.”