Students at South Middle School in the Lynbrook Public School District received a special visit from former New York Rangers player Stéphane Matteau on March 10.
Mr. Matteau spoke to 6th, 7th and 8th graders about what his life was like growing up in Montreal, Canada. The students were able to relate to him as he spoke on a personal level and explained the obstacles overcame as a child.
He shared stories about overcoming social and emotional hardships and urged students to authentically be who they are.
Students learned that Mr. Matteau’s role as a hockey player was “role-player,” which means that he played under certain circumstances, but wasn’t deemed “the best player.” He encouraged the students to talk about their feelings and be optimistic when faced with big life decisions, which he also shares in his book, “Make It Happen: Hockey Star and Activist.” His visit was led by teacher Liz Famiglietti, who prepared students by offering a book club to read Mr. Matteau’s book and familiarize students with his life.
Date Added: 4/11/2022