March 4, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Over 30 SMU student-athletes participated in the National Education Association's Read Across America program on Friday, March 1, as they visited 14 Dallas elementary schools.
Now in its 16th year, Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on (or around) March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).
SMU student-athletes and coaches from the football, women's basketball, equestrian, women's golf, rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, track and field and volleyball teams, as well as other Athletic Department staff, visited local schools throughout the day.
"I absolutely loved reading to all the kids," said freshman football lineman Christian Chamagua. "It's nice that we can be role models and show them the importance of doing well in school."
The goal of Read Across America is to inspire children to read more, because studies have shown that children who have a predilection for reading are more successful in school. The Mustangs shared with the children how important reading and hard work in school is to going to college and having successful careers.
"I had so much fun today reading to the students at Edwin J. Kiest Elementary. As they say, children are our future, we have to take time and invest in them," said senior women's basketball standout Alisha Filmore.
The Dallas elementary schools visited by SMU student-athletes were: Edwin J. Keist Elementary, Jill Stone Elementary at Vickery Meadow, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary, Reinhardt Elementary, Park Cities YMCA Preschool, K.B. Polk Vanguard Center for Academically Talented and Gifted, John F. Peeler Elementary, San Jacinto Elementary, John H. Reagan Elementary, Martha Turner Reilly Elementary, J.W. Ray Elementary Learning Center, Albert Sidney Johnson Elementary, Dan D. Rogers Elementary and Stevens Park Elementary.
For more information about our community service events please contact Allison Singleton, Director of Life Skills at 214-768-4622.