Varsity football player Mitchel Hunt is 6
foot 3 and weighs 260 pounds. Aztyke Jacob
Anderson is five years old and likes to play
checkers with his dad.
Despite some obvious differences, the two
share at least one thing in common: both are
pretty good tacklers.
Jacob and his newfound friend met at a
recent session of the Aztykes, a child
development class at Corona del Sol High
School for toddlers three and over. Members
of the varsity football team occasionally
drop by to help out.
“This week our theme was sports week, and
the kids love having the football players
come in,” said senior Lizzie Garbosky, an
Aztykes student teacher.
Lizzie’s role is unique in that, in her days
as a preschooler, she was an Aztyke herself.
“I think it’s really neat that (former
students) are teaching the class, Lizzie’s
mom and class supervisor Judy Garbosky said.
Lizzie agrees, adding that her involvement
as a staff member has been a somewhat unique
“It feels kind of weird to have been one of
them, and now be the one teaching them,”
As to the
football players, getting a chance to
interact with the kids was almost as much
fun for them as it was for the preschoolers.
“We went outside and played some football,
Hunt said. “Some of them are pretty good
“The best part was just seeing them have
After singing songs for the football
players, the Aztykes made picture frames.
Each child had his picture taken with a
player. Some even tried on a regulation-size
“I think the kids learn a lot about football
and sports during this week,” Lizzie
Garbosky said. “We spent a lot of time on
projects involving football.”
Although the players spend only a few hours
with the Aztykes, members of the child
development class are in charge for the
entire school year. They develop and then
implement projects to not only entertain the
children but to help them learn and mature.
“I like the food and arts we have here,”
Jacob said. “At school I draw pictures with
my friends and play games …”
Having an opportunity to interact with
varsity athletes was an important event for
“The kids really look up to them,” Judy
Garbosky said. “To them (the football
players) are like heroes.”
Although a lot of the kids’ time involves
crafts and games, the students who run the
class must put in a lot of hard work to make
“The members of the advanced child
development class do all the lesson
planning,” Judy Garbosky said. “When they
come into the lab, they are graded on how
well they are prepared, their enthusiasm,
and how well they clean up.”
students must put a lot of planning into
working with the Aztykes, the results are
well worth the efforts.
“What I like
about working with the Aztykes is the kids:
They’re always so happy,” Judy Garbosky
having a bad day you can come in there and
be happy when you leave. Even (Corona
Principal) Mr. Denton has been known to come