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Jeffcoat discusses book and hoops at NC Middle School reading event

Posted: November 6, 2017 2:53 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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CAMDEN HIGH GIRLS’ BASKETBALL coach and former South Carolina and CHS standout, Natalie Jeffcoat, discussses a book on basketball with students at North Central Middle School.

North Central Middle School’s annual summer reading celebration offers students a choice of a free book from selections recommended by the South Carolina Junior Award Nominee list and follows up it up with a day of engaging and exciting activities planned around those books in the fall. 

When the school year begins, the school’s faculty works in groups to organize activities and guest speakers that relate to topics and themes of those books. The focus of these activities is to create a meaningful and memorable experience around the summer reading book, in hopes of enriching their reading life and fueling a love of reading at a critical time in their lives.

 For the past several years, this “Summer Reading Celebration Day” has been a highlight of the year. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, NCMS held this year’s Celebration Day and coach Natalie Jeffcoat, varsity girls basketball head coach at Camden High School talked to 45 middle school students as part of the event. Coach Jeffcoat spoke on the importance of reading, the game of basketball, life skills, and how all of these relate to each other. She shared her reactions to the main character in the book the students read, Fast Break, by author Mike Lupica. 

Coach Jeffcoat discussed the commitment level needed to be an athlete at the high school and college level. The students were able to ask her questions about her experience playing basketball at Camden High School and for the University of South Carolina. 

The students thoroughly enjoyed hearing her speak about the book and the game of basketball. 

North Central Middle School would like to thank Coach Jeffcoat for taking time out of her day to come speak to students as part of this annual experience. The school would also like to thank Camden High School Principal Dan Matthews for his support of Coach Jeffcoat’s  visit.

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