BRISTOL, Tenn. – A couple weeks ago, the King University women's soccer team participated in a Read Across America program at a local elementary school. Organized by junior Casey Shanklin, members of the Tornado went to Highland View Elementary School and read Dr. Seuss books to help promote a love for reading.
Read Across America, which is sponsored by the National Education Association, is an annual event that takes place on March 2 in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The objective of Read Across America is to promote reading in a positive way to young students, and to hopefully develop a sense of enjoyment from reading. The Tornado went to Highland View Elementary School and read Dr. Seuss books to various grade levels to help promote a love for reading. As a thank you for letting the team come and read to the class, the team members passed out Dr. Seuss themed stickers and pencils to the students. The team enjoyed their time spent filling the students' minds with the oddities of Dr. Seuss's bizarre worlds and giving back to the community in a fun, creative way.
"Read Across America provided our team with a chance to give back to the community who is always there to support us," Shanklin said. "I hope that we will get the opportunity to participate in this event in coming years so that we can continue to help instill a love for reading for the students in the Bristol area."