Posted by: allisonbarnes | March 31, 2011

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Senior Swimmer Ashley Miller reads to a group of second grade students

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose… Dr. Seuss books have been popular among generation after generation. Memories of reading classics such as Green Eggs and Ham is something that college students remember today.  On Friday student-athletes from the UNC Swimming & Diving team shared one of their most fond memories by reading Dr. Seuss books to New Hope Elementary School students.

“I have not read a lot of these books since I was in grade school, so it was fun to see that kids are still enjoying the same stories,” said senior swimmer Ashley Miller.

Dr. Seuss characters were roaming the hallways from the Cat in the Hat to Thing 1 and Thing 2, to even Daisy-Head Mayzie. UNC student-athletes along with Duke student-athletes have participated in the annual Dr. Seuss reading day for the past 10 years.

“Students always look up to the athletes,” said Pam Lamason, one of New Hope’s reading resources and Thing 1 for the day. “I know that the athletes are busy and its means so much that they take time out of their busy schedules to come and read to these impressible children who look up to them.”

The UNC student-athletes weren’t the only ones leaving an impression. Junior diver Jenna Moore had the opportunity to read to a small group of special needs students.Junior Diver Jenna Moore reads to a group of students at New Hope Elementary School

“It turns out that the children I read to brought more joy to me than I could have possibly given to them,” said Moore. “The students I was reading to were nonverbal, but the pure happiness in their expressions, and the joy in their reactions brought a smile to my face and touched my heart.”

Both UNC and Duke student-athletes had a blast reading to the kids. The ones who aren’t graduating in May are excited to return next year.

“The athletes who came were very positive and enthusiastic,” said Lamason. “The students at New Hope enjoyed listening to the readers from UNC.”

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