After getting snowed in on Tuesday, March 5, volunteers from UW-Parkside were anxious to get out to local schools Tuesday, March 19, for the United Way's "Readers Are Leaders" event. Part of the "Read Across America" celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, United Way of Kenosha County sent volunteers to more than 160 classrooms at 20 schools to share the love of reading with local children.
"Reading to first and second graders today at Grant elementary school," tweeted Admissions' Valerie Zahorski-Schmidt.
She was joined at Grant by UW-Parkside men's soccer coach Jason Zitzke, assistant coach Mike Asen, and team members Evan Carlin, Ryan Crane, Jon Gourlay, Nick Huftalin, Eric Moser, Marcos Perez, Austin Robb, Kawsu Samba, Tyler Tomashek, Ruben Torres, and Mathew Yang.
Coach Asen said his players "had a blast" during Readers Are Leaders.
"The team really enjoyed reading to their class, and getting to answer some very well thought out questions by the kids," Asen stated. "Our guys left the school with huge smiles, and excited for next year's program."
The UW-Parkside baseball team traveled to Bose Elementary School led by coach Dan Esposito. His players Josh Geiger, Shane Hayes, Shaun Lena, Taylor Nehls, John Perszyk, and Derek Tuttle also served as readers.
The UW Parkside softball team's Kira Cooper, Lani Grogan, Kristin Kleinmeyer, Ashley Nowdomski, Brittany Rynish, and Kelynn Sporer did their reading to students in Somers.
Connie Wheeler, our own United Way "Care Bear," read to special education students at Roosevelt Elementary. She was also instrumental in recruit readers from our campus.Keep in mind, Friday, March 29, is the last day to pledge to our UWPCares 2013 United Way Campaign. Contact Connie Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org for a pledge form.