Carlos In Class
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Carlos and Jeane Quentin Visit 4th Graders at McClellan Elementary School
White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin and his wife, Jeane, stopped by Mrs. Brown’s fourth grade class at McClellan Elementary School (just west down 35th Street from the ballpark) to read to the kids as part of the White Sox “Working in the Schools” (WITS) Power Lunch.
Carlos read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (by Judith Viorst) to the class and then fielded questions from the 10-year-olds.
One asked if he dreamed of growing up to be a baseball player?
“I dreamed about being a baseball, basketball and football player,” Carlos joked. “Then I realized I was done growing at 6-foot-1 and thought I’d better focus on being a football and baseball player. Then, as I got older, each sport demanded more and more time, so I concentrated on baseball.”
Another asked if he and Paul Konerko were friends?
The answer was yes.
A third asked his favorite book.
“Timeline by Michael Crichton,” he said, explaining, “it’s about time travel and Quantum physics …”
Then Carlos chuckled (as did the adults in the classroom) as he remembered his audience.
The Quentins were there to stress the importance of reading to young kids. WITS is a program that promotes literacy and the love of reading among Chicago’s youth by providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. White Sox front office staff enrolled in the WITS program as a part of the White Sox Volunteer Corps’ efforts. The White Sox staff visit the local school every Tuesday morning to read and mentor students.