LEXINGTON, Va. - Members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee participated in Waddell Elementary’s “Read Across America” Day on Wednesday, February 27 in Lexington.
The cadet-athletes spent the morning reading to fourth grade and preschool students, books they chose previously to read aloud. The event is a part of larger initiative hosted by the National Educational Association, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The morning was centered on Career Day and based off Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” as the kids dressed up in outfits and costumes they chose to represent what they want to be when they grow up. After reading with the classes, the cadet-athletes got the opportunity to talk with the students and answer any questions they had about their sports.
Alden Parham of the basketball team talked about why he chose to participate.
“I did the reading with the kids because I love doing things and impacting the community and putting a smile on people’s faces,” he said. “I loved the experience overall. I had the kids’ attention and interacted with them, which made my whole day. It’s a great feeling and I can’t wait to do it again soon!”
Sam Franklin of the women’s soccer team also commented on her experience.
“Spending time at the elementary school was just as fun for me as it was for the kids. The Lexington community is so supportive of VMI and our athletes, so this was just a small way we could give back.”
Jamie Beasley, Asst. AD for Academic Service and Compliance, also talked about how the cadet- athletes enjoyed spending time with the children at Waddell Elementary.
“I think it is important to be a good influence on students when they are young and impressionable,” she said. “It gives them something to look forward to in their futures. It is also just cool to see someone ‘bigger’ than you who is an athlete, especially from VMI. It got the kids very excited.”