On Tuesday, members of the Tennessee State University Athletics Department volunteered at Robert E. Lillard Elementary Design Center as a part of National Read Across America Week.
Student-athletes, coaches and administrators joined other members of the community by reading books to students at Robert E. Lillard. Each person was assigned to a classroom filled with students ranging from First to Fourth grade. After reading, some classes had discussions and Q&A with the student-athletes.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.
"This really sets the stage for our students to know that reading is important in any profession and in any field, said Robert E. Lillard Library Media Specialist, Dr. LaKisha Brinson. “Just to see young African-American men and women reading and instilling in them the love of reading was great. I know I'm going to hear stories from the children afterwards. We thank TSU athletes for coming out and we are looking forward to next year. We appreciate the support of everyone that came out to make this an awesome event."
Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participated by bringing together kids, teens and books.