On Friday, February 27th, Seton Hall student-athletes representing four varsity programs visited Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in nearby Orange, N.J. to take part in the "Read Across America" national reading initiative celebrating the birthday of famed children's author, Dr. Seuss.
Now in its third year, the "Reading with the Pirates" outreach initiative is a part of Seton Hall Athletics' Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program and the effort is directed at promoting the value of reading through student-athlete visits to area schools.
Participating student-athletes included women's soccer senior Peggy Nicolle, men's cross country freshman Jeff Larson, Kelsey Buonaiuto of women's swimming & diving as well as Joelle Arrante, Lauren Fischer, Whitney Jones and Alyssa Prukop of softball.
The Pirates donned the red and white striped top hats made popular by Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and spent the morning reading with kindergarten, first, and second grade classes; engaging a total of over 185 students.
"Being a part of the kids' excitement and answering all of their questions about college and sports was a pleasure," said Larson. "This experience reminded me of the privilege that it is to be here as a student-athlete at Seton Hall and encouraging younger students to continue reading is just one way that we can try to make an impact."
The Pirates will next be at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Orange, N.J. on Friday, March 20 to continue the "Reading with the Pirates" program.
For more information on the "Reading with the Pirates" program, please contact Assistant Athletic Director Roberto Sasso at firstname.lastname@example.org