The Cardinals are committed to spreading the message of teamwork, and one way in which we do so is through the FREE Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program, presented by FOX Sports Midwest.
The Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program is designed to educate and entertain St. Louis area students in grades K-5. Anchored by an assembly-style program hosted by Fredbird and a Cardinals personality, the program helps students answer the question, "What makes a good teammate?" through three key messages: Be Active! Be Responsible! and Be Yourself!
Fredbird & Friends emphasizes teamwork, and uses baseball as a metaphor for being prepared, working together, trying your best, and contributing your talents to reaching a goal.
Our goal for the program is for students to be able to:
In addition to the assembly, schools can participate in a school decorating and/or essay contest, receive materials to send home to families to reinforce the messages, and discover other opportunities to engage with the Cardinals.
About the assembly:
We are currently processing applications for the 2017-2018 school year.
On the day of the program, we encourage schools to show their team spirit by wearing Cardinal red, and by decorating their school for the presentation. The best and most creatively decorated schools are eligible to win prizes, like Cardinals tickets, at the end of the year.
An essay contest is a great way to work on literacy while promoting the messages of the Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program and getting ready for the big assembly! Teachers and school leaders can encourage students to answer the question, "What makes a good teammate?" in a personal essay.
Encourage students to get creative! Teams aren't just for sports. How do we use teamwork at home? With our friends? In the classroom?
A Cardinals presenter and Fredbird will help provide some ideas at the assembly about how to be a good teammate. Teachers can use the following prompts to spark ideas for answering the question:
Teachers are encouraged to think of age-appropriate ways for students to participate. Younger students may want to draw a picture describing their answer to the question, adding a few words. Older students may feel motivated to write paragraphs. Everyone should be as creative as they'd like!
Many schools decide to judge the essays and award prizes to a student from each grade level. If you would like the presenter and Fredbird to hand out prizes and pose for a picture with the winners during the assembly, please provide a list of those students to the presenter before the program begins.