March 1, 2002
On March 1, Bruin Football players Jason Harrison, Jibril Raymo, Steven Vieira, Nick Amendola and Assistant Director of Academic Services Ed Kezirian participated in the Read Across America program at Mayo Elementary School in Compton, CA. They visited several classrooms, read books, signed autographs, answered questions, taught the 8-clap and even played a little tether ball and basketball at recess. It was an encouraging and enlightening trip as the Bruins were touched by the children's enthusiastic reception of their participation in the school's celebration.
Ed Kezirian commented, "This is the second time I have participated in this event and each time I think I am giving when in fact I am the one who is receiving. The children are so appreciative and happy to see us that I leave the school with a good feeling, much like I do after a victory at the Rose Bowl."
Freshman Jibril Raymo agreed, "I had a lot of fun - the kids were great! They had so much energy and seemed really happy to have us visit."
In addition to the Bruin football team, twenty-five members of the Women's Track & Field team traveled to the Compton Unified School District main office where students were bused in and given the royal treatment. Student-athletes read books and promoted the benefits of being a life-long reader to these budding scholars. Both the Bruin Football and Women's Track and Field team left a lasting impression on these kids that will forever encourage them to read books.
Read Across America is an annual literacy program run in schools across the country and is held in conjunction with the birthday of the late legendary children's author Dr. Seuss. The program is designed to raise awareness of the importance of reading and to encourage children to improve their reading skills. Each year, individuals in the community are invited to schools to read to the students and to serve as role models. For more information about this event, please visit the website at www.nea.org/readacross/