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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014
Panthers Speak About Education at Local Elementary School
Anthony Hicks speaks to the third graders of Lockmar Elementary during a recent appearance. Photo by Carrie Balavender.
Anthony Hicks speaks to the third graders of Lockmar Elementary during a recent appearance. Photo by Carrie Balavender.
Pete the Panther takes a moment to read a book during the appearance. Photo by Carrie Balavender.
Pete the Panther takes a moment to read a book during the appearance. Photo by Carrie Balavender.
PALM BAY, Fla. (Football) – Florida Tech football assistant coach Rod Hardy, defensive lineman Anthony Hicks and Pete the Panther shared the importance of an education and reading to local children recently at Lockmar Elementary School. The three served as mystery guests for a third grade class.

The class, which consisted of about 50 students, has read six chapter books over a course of eight weeks. While the event made for a very special day for the Lockmar students, Hicks enjoyed it just as much.

“It was definitely inspiring,” he said. “Those kids don’t even know who you are and they think ‘wow, he goes to Florida Tech and he plays football, he must be a superstar.’ They really look up to you as a hero and a role model, so getting the chance to go there and speak to them about the importance of an education and reading feels good.”
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