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Pirates Visit St. Francis Preschool

NEWARK, N.J. - Friday marked the celebration of the famed children’s author known as Dr. Seuss in schools across the nation and The Pirates joined in on the fun by traveling to St. Francis Preschool in Newark, N.J.

As a part of the “Read Across America Day” initiative and in association with the Newark Preschool Council, eight student-athletes took time out from their busy academic and competition schedules to share a day of reading with St. Francis students. In the spirit of the day, the student-athletes donned the stripped hat commonly associated with one of Seuss’ most recognizable characters, the “Cat in the Hat” and spent the morning sharing some of the legendary writer’s most famous works with a group of over 60 children.

"All the kids were excited to see us willing to interact with them,” said junior Ali Kruse, a member of the women’s golf team. “I had a great time reading and watching the kids get so into the stories.”

Kruse was joined in the day’s activities by her teammates, Hannah Basalone and Erin McClure, as well as Joseph Martinelli of cross country and Karina Cordero, Anna Guryanova, Rocio Portela and Maria Rodriguez from the tennis squad.

Friday’s trip to St. Francis is one of many examples of current Seton Hall student-athletes connecting with local classrooms as the “Reading with the Pirates” program was re-instituted in the fall. Through “Reading with the Pirates” The Pirates hope to engage as many students at as many local elementary schools as possible.

“Here at Seton Hall, our connection to the community is valued by everyone from our student-athletes to the staff,” said Roberto Sasso, Assistant Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Development & Leadership. “Our student-athletes are always willing to embrace every opportunity to engage the community and today’s activity, along with the “Reading with the Pirates” program are great examples of how mutually beneficial these experiences can be.”

If you'd like Seton Hall student-athletes to come read at your school, please contact Roberto Sasso at (973) 761-9187 or via e-mail at roberto.sasso@shu.edu.