Student-athletes join local elementary for All-Star Reading Night
Bucky, ETSU's mascot, looks on as senior golfer Larissa Steinfeldt reads alongside an eager North Side Elementary student.
Bucky, ETSU's mascot, looks on as senior golfer Larissa Steinfeldt reads alongside an eager North Side Elementary student.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bucs team up with North Side Elementary to demonstrate the fun of learning

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 30, 2014) – Student-athletes from several ETSU teams took part Thursday evening in North Side Elementary School’s 8th Annual All-Star Reading Night. One of the school’s monthly family involvement nights, the event was aimed at promoting reading and learning as fun, rewarding activities.

ETSU senior women’s golfer Larissa Steinfeldt, one of many ETSU players and coaches in attendance at the event, was more than willing to share her love of reading with the elementary school students.

“It is important they [students] see that sports and reading aren’t separate,” Steinfeldt said. “They see it can be cool to read. It is a fun event. The kids were shy at first, but they really started getting into it.”

Student-athletes from ETSU, Milligan College, and area high schools teamed up to help North Side students begin reading new books. Each student received a free book to take home, along with opportunities to pose for pictures with athletes or Bucky, the ETSU mascot. Afterward, the children and their parents were treated to complimentary snacks in the school’s cafeteria.

Parents Mark and Victoria Taylor looked on as their son laughed and read along with members of the ETSU Women’s Soccer Team.

“He has been looking forward to it since the event was announced,” Mark said. “I think it’s important, because the kids are able to see college kids. It will maybe make them want to go to college someday,” Victoria said.

Each month, North Side Elementary hosts a family involvement night where students and their parents are invited to partake in activities, such as All-Star Reading Night.

“The goal of this particular event is to blend the love of reading with the love of sport,” North Side physical education specialist Nancy McDonald said. “Tonight is special, because we want them to see that going to college is a dream they can achieve.”

Members of the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics have participated in All-Star Reading Night each year since the event’s inception in 2007.

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