Football huddles with local schools during nationwide reading programs
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nashville, Tenn - Tennessee State University Football head coach Rod Reed and several players kicked-off their spring season commitment to the community by participating in "Read Me Week" (Feb. 22-25) and "Read Across America"  (Feb 28 - March 4). 

The players and coaches joined students to participate in "Read Me Week", at Carter Lawrence Elementary, before joining students at Robert E. Lilliard Elementary for "Read Across America".

"The players enjoy participating in the week long activities", said TSU Football head coach Rod Reed. "Last year, we were heavily involved during both programs at several elementary schools in the Nashville area." 

Team members seized the opportunity to share some of their favorite titles including books such as: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jackie Robinson - Testing the Waters, Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham and the Dog That Stole Football Plays.

Coach Reed expressed to the students the importance of reading, not only for academic purposes, but also for entertainment.  "It is important to let young students know that reading helps build character and imagination," Reed explained.

"We also want to remind students, teachers and residents that TSU Football is committed to supporting the community," Reed added. "We are always eager about this time of year and it's great to see schools thrilled about the visits and the reading programs."

 "Read Me Week" was started in 1986 by Frankie DeWees with the purpose to celebrate the importance of reading. The event was called "Read Me Day" because students, teachers and visiting readers were invited to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message on it so the children could "read the reader."  Book'em expanded the celebration to "Read Me Week" in order to get more schools and volunteers involved.

"Read Across America", sponsored by the National Education Association, is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.