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GreenJackets’ Auggie treats Horse Creek Academy students with after-Halloween party

November 9, 2018

Horse Creek Academy students were buzzing Friday afternoon – and it wasn’t just because of the free pizza they received as an after-Halloween treat.

Dressed in an official baseball jersey, green-and-gold checked shorts and matching baseball cap, Auggie, the Augusta GreenJacket’s mascot, visited the public charter school. He signed autographs, posed for pictures, passed out prize packs and shared hugs and smiles with students, faculty and staff.

Students in teacher Johnny Hughes’ fifth-grade math and science class won the opportunity to meet Auggie after winning a Halloween essay contest sponsored by the GreenJackets. The theme: Why should Auggie visit your school?

“Some of their reasons were: We’re great kids. We like you,” Hughes said. “The essays were very well written. Some of the kids also drew pictures to go with their essays. That wasn’t asked for, but I think it helped.”

Although Hughes teachers math and science, he said he also incorporates English language arts and linguistics into his lesson plans.

“Everything should be cross-curricular,” he said. “All of us are reading teachers no matter what subjects we teach. I used the essay contest to reinforce their reading and writing skills as part of a class project.”

By the time Auggie arrived after lunch, his students literally were buzzing, Hughes said.

“They are so excited,” he said. “This is two days after Halloween and just before Thanksgiving. They were shaking and vibrating all day long. These kids are special, and I’m so blessed to teach all of them. We’re just having a great fun day.”

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