It was “Jersey Day” at Peace River Elementary as the teachers and students came to school wearing their favorite team’s colors. There were both college and professional football teams represented along with a few baseball T-Shirts.
As the students arrived by either bus or car, they were surprised to see more than a dozen members of the Charlotte Tarpons football team there to open doors and greet them as their day began.
Josh Pitts-Torres was the only Tarpon who had attended Peace River Elementary and had home field advantage as he hustled to greet more students than the two other Tarpons who were in the front entrance with him.
Big lineman Eddie Sagarese saw some motion in the back seat of one car and opened the door to greet the student. It was Sagarese who got the surprise as he was face to face with a big dog. Of course his teammates kidded him about not knowing the difference between a child and a dog.
The students gave high fives and fist bumps to the players and even asked for autographs. Several of the players said it was their first autograph they had ever given out.
The Tarpons met with the students in the media center, cafeteria, hallways and even helped with the morning news broadcast on their closed circuit TV network PRE.