Friday, March 8, 2013

HU Child Development Center Welcomed Student Athletes for Read Across America Day

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” –Dr. Seuss

HU Student Athletes joined faculty and students at the HU Child Development Center (CDC) to celebrate the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America program. 

“Dr. Seuss has been instrumental in all of our lives and it really starts with the basics… reading,” said Alexis Robertson, assistant director of athletics for student services and senior women administrator. “Our students are students first and athletes second so what better way to get out in the community and promote literacy than starting right here at the HU Child Development Center.”

Launched in 1998, Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. NEA’s Read Across America, which falls on beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read. With research showing that children who are motivated to read perform better in school, this annual reading motivation and awareness program aims to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.

“Read Across America Day became a very special occasion for the children of the HU Child Development Center thanks to an outreach from the Athletic Department and the volunteer HU student athletes,” said Constance Goode, director of CDC.

The track team and women’s basketball team read to small groups during the visit at HU’s CDC. Later that day, volunteers from the football, tennis and volleyball teams joined the group at other schools throughout Hampton Roads.

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