Do you like hockey? Students at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School do. Mr. Robert Primeggia has been running the Wheeler Hockey League (WHL) for more than 20 years. Mr. Prim, as he is called by students, is a physical education teacher.
I asked Mr. Prim what gave him the idea to start a hockey league. "When I was growing up, I attended another school in the district, and it offered a scooter hockey program," Prim said. He added, "I got many ideas for my league from my childhood league. I remember enjoying it so much and I wanted my students to experience the same thing." Mr. Prim takes this league very seriously. When it is hockey season, he tapes faceoff x's on the floor, makes goalie creases and sidelines, has a DJ booth, and does play-by-play announcing, which makes the games very exciting.
During the school year, the league is open to boys and girls in the fourth- to sixth-grades. And if you don't know how to play, Mr. Prim will teach you. Our league provides helmets, gloves, jerseys, and hockey sticks. But Mr. Prim does not just run this program during the school year. In the summer, he runs the hockey league Prime Time Hockey League. What makes this league different from the winter league is that Prime Time is open to all students in the district.
I think this league is an amazing extracurricular activity. When I joined WHL in fourth grade I was nervous to be playing against my peers and with boys and girls who were older than me, but Mr. Prim motivates all of his players to try their hardest. Now in sixth-grade, I am so happy to have joined the league.