PETER CROUCH made a surprise visit to local school children this week as part of Stoke City's continued efforts in the community.
The City striker popped along to greet youngsters at Ravensmead Primary School in Bignall End with members of the Club's Community Trust.
He helped to promote the importance of literacy and read a chapter of a book in a packed assembly whilst also giving his endorsement to the new "Be Safe, Been Seen, Be Stoke" reflective wristbands being given out in schools.
Crouch believes that schoolwork and education is very important and was more than happy help encourage the youngsters to keep up with their studies.
"The kids were very enthusiastic which is always nice, and they all seemed to be enjoying their reading which is very positive," he said.
"It's important to get kids to read as much as possible as it helps with all their schoolwork, and it also fires their imagination.
"It is too easy these days to just get home and switch on the PlayStation or the X-Box and sit in front of a computer all evening, but I think it is vitally important that reading does not get ignored.
"I remember reading when I was younger and used to really enjoy it, so we need to encourage the youngsters of today to read and I am sure they will enjoy it too."
Ravensmead is a school which the Community Trust work with on regular basis as coaches help out with PPA, lunch-time clubs and after school coaching.
"I have had a fantastic welcome from the school today from the Headmaster, the teachers and of course the pupils, and it was also good to see plenty of Stoke fans in the school who really enjoyed me being there," Crouch added.
"It's always great to come and visit the local schools in the surrounding community and support all the worthwhile projects that so many people give up their own time and effort to help."