Benedictine College Helps Atchison Youth Read Across America

Benedictine College Helps Atchison Youth Read Across America

Student-Athletes Support National Program to Promote Literacy

Thursday, March 06, 2014

On Monday, March 3, 2014, 33 Benedictine College student-athletes visited Atchison Elementary School to read to Kindergarten through fifth grade classes in support of the National Education Association’s Read Across America program.  The date corresponds to the birthday of popular children’s author Dr. Seuss and often the books read are Seuss classics.  Benedictine students from baseball, cheer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and volleyball teams participated in the event.

“These student-athletes went to Atchison Elementary School to talk about reading for fun, encourage lifelong reading, and to read a book to a class,” said Andi Wilder, assistant women’s basketball coach at Benedictine.  “They volunteered to go in-between their classes on Monday and I was impressed with how many were able to commit 30+ minutes to the program.  The teachers said they all did a great job at engaging with the elementary school students.”

In the photo at left, Herb Khangura, a senior basketball player from Houston, Texas, reads to a class at Atchison Elementary School. Schools throughout the United States participated in Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.

More about Read Across America:

●  NEA’s Read Across America originated in 1997.

●  Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

●  At the national level, the National Education Association sponsors and spearheads the program with support from 40 national nonprofit and association partners.

More about Reading Literacy:

●  Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.

●  The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.

●  The U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

Herb Khangura, a senior basketball player from Houston, Texas