KU Soccer Joins Langston Hughes Elementary in "Read Across America Week

Feb. 28, 2013

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022813aaa_444_8633301.jpegLAWRENCE, Kan. – Members of the University of Kansas soccer team volunteered at Langston Hughes Elementary School Thursday afternoon as the Jayhawks helped the students take part in “Read Across America Week.”

“It was great to get to work with all the kids today,” said freshman forward Courtney Dickerson. “They were very excited to have us there and they were very excited to learn.”

Each student-athlete spent 30 minutes in two classrooms, taking turns reading a variety of books, ranging from Shel Silverstien to Dr. Suess readings. The Jayhawks then had time to take questions from the first through fourth graders about playing soccer at Kansas.

“It means a lot to them for us to just read a couple of books,” explained freshman forward Ashley Williams. “It was nice to meet some of the older ones and hangout with some of the younger ones, too. We just love to be around little kids so today worked out really well.”

All 21 members of the team took part in the event, which promotes reading for all age levels across the U.S., leading up to “Read Across America Day,” which falls on Saturday, March 2, this year.

“They welcomed us back, which is a good thing,” concluded Williams. “We’d love to come back and read to the classes again.”

The Jayhawks will now turn their attention back to soccer as they open their spring exhibition schedule Friday, March 1 versus Nebraska in Lincoln. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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