BATON ROUGE – LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, gymnastics coach D-D Breaux and student-athletes from the football, gymnastics and track and field teams took part in the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day on Thursday.
The student-athletes and coaches read to students at Buchanan Elementary. The student-athletes were greeted in the school’s library by teachers and students, and each student-athlete was assigned an elementary student that escorted the athletes to different classrooms to read.
The classes ranged from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, and the coaches and student-athletes visited with the students in the classroom after finishing the selected reading.
Track and field’s Jenna Walker and Aaron Koenck, football’s Stephen Rivers and gymnastics’ Rheagan Courville, Kaleigh Dickson, Lainie Fleming, Michelle Gauthier, Lloimincia Hall, Jessie Jordan and Jessica Savona participated in the event along with Mainieri and Breaux.
“Getting to read ‘Corduroy’ to the class was a nice experience as I got to share a part of my childhood with the children at Buchanan,” Koenck said.
“I left feeling so thankful that I got to be a part of the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the kids,” Courville said. “I can tell it made a difference in their day, and reading to them made my day as well.”
Hall added “I enjoyed being able to interact with the kids because it showed they were really engaged into the whole concept of Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.”
NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.