Go Big Read! Badgers help celebrate Read Across America


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One day after taking Michigan to school with a 60-55 win, members of the Wisconsin mens basketball team took themselves to school. Seniors athid=5549&deptid=116"> --> Marcus Landry and athid=5548&deptid=116"> --> Joe Krabbenhoft along with sophomore athid=6406&deptid=116"> --> Tim Jarmusz helped celebrate Read Across America day with the students and staff of Glacier Edge Elementary School in Verona, Wis. on Monday.

The National Education Association annually sponsors a Read Across America program that focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers and more participate by bringing together children and books.

Landry, Krabbenhoft and Jarmusz took turns visiting Glacier Edges second through fifth-grade classrooms reading with the children and engaging them in discussion about the power of reading.

I didnt like to read very much when I was little, Landry admitted to the children. But my mother used to read with me each night and tell me how important it is to be good at reading. Now I try to read all the time, even books that I dont have to read for school.

Students from the kindergarten and first grade classes greeted the Badger readers in the schools foyer with signs and hi-fives. Landry, Krabbenhoft and Jarmusz were then fitted with red and white Dr. Suess hats in honor of the authors birthday, which was also Monday, March 2.

We love going into schools and interacting with kids, Krabbenhoft said. Its always fun to see the kids smiles and excitement and hopefully we can have a positive influence on them. Read Across America is a great event and were always happy to be a part of it.

The Wisconsin mens basketball team has a proud tradition of being active within the Madison community. A year ago the team was honored with the Champs Cup award in 2008, which is given to the team that best exemplifies all aspects of the student-athlete. In addition to winning the overall competition, the Badger men were also recognized for accumulating the most community service points last year.

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