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Seton Hall Celebrates Read Across America

Sterling Gibbs reads to children.

March 7, 2014

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - In celebration of "Read Across America Day," two groups of Seton Hall student-athletes have traveled to local elementary schools to share a day of reading with local students.

The Pirates visited Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Westfield, N.J. on Thursday and The Leaguers Inc. Pre School in Orange, N.J. on Friday. In the spirit of the "Read Across America" initiative, the student-athletes spent each morning sharing some of the Dr. Seuss' most famous works with groups of over 60 children.

Those who visited Benjamin Franklin Elementary included softball's Colltey Sheldon (Peoria, Ariz.), cross country's Joe Martinelli (Branchburg, N.J.), Sterling Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Eugene Teague (Vineland, N.J.) of men's basketball and Alex Falconi (Freeport, N.Y.) and Conor Krauss(Randolph, N.J.) of baseball.

Those who visited The Leaguers Inc. Pre School included women's golf's Ali Kruse (Overland Park, Kan.), volleyball's Simona Sekulova (Aukland, New Zealand), Brian Dempster (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Kevin O'Brien (Wexford, Pa.) of men's golf and Chloe Sher (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong), Anna Guryanova (Moscow, Russia), Rocio Portela (Demetrio Vega Baja, Puerto Rico), Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia), Hannah Liljekvist(Djursholm, Sweden) and Julia Kennan (Greenland, N.H.) of the tennis team.

"It was an amazing experience because I love interacting with children," Sekulova said. "It was my first time reading Dr. Seuss and to see the children's excitement from college kids reading to them was very rewarding for me."

These trips are just two of many examples of current Seton Hall student-athletes connecting with local classrooms as the "Reading with the Pirates" program was re-instituted last fall. Through "Reading with the Pirates" The Pirates hope to engage as many students at as many local elementary schools as possible.

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.