Football Program Participates in Read Across America
March 12, 2008
Head coach Bill Lynch and a number of Indiana football players participated in Read Across America festivities last week.
Beginning Monday, Hoosier athletes visited area elementary schools, reading books to classes and encouraging students to read. Joe Kleinsmith, Austin Thomas, Rayshun Calhoun, Bryan Payton, Geno Johnson, Will Patterson, Justin Carrington and Matt Mayberry represented the football program and headed to Edgewood Primary School much to the delight of the kindergarten, first and second grade students.
Several players met with middle school students at the IU Football Complex on Thursday in conjunction with the IU School of Education. The players talked with the students about the importance of getting an education.
On Friday, IU Athletics hosted students from Binford and Rogers Elementary Schools at Assembly Hall. Lynch read the Dr. Seuss classic, Horton Hears a Who, to the children before taking some questions from the excited youngsters.
Read Across America is a program of the National Education Association (NEA) now in its eighth year. NEA's Read Across America Day--celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2--generates enthusiasm for reading nationwide and focuses the country's attention on how important it is to motivate children to read. Reading opens the doors to achievement, and Read Across America celebrations--whether large or small--are crucial building blocks toward making the joys of reading an integral part of every child's life. More than 45 million people were expected to participate in the celebration this year.
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