Mount students pitch reading to local kids

October 30, 2014


A young student reads “The Lorax” with his Mount lacrosse buddy, Adedayo Atimise of Amityville, N.Y. 

In tents of paper and a wilderness of books, the children enjoyed reading with their Mount Saint Mary College buddies.

To foster a love of words in local children, Mount students recently created a camp-themed read-a-thon in the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center on the Mount campus.

The event, hosted by the college’s Conversations to Inspire Reading Children’s Literature with Engagement club (CIRCLE), the Knights men’s lacrosse team, and the Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL), transformed the library into a campsite with pretend tents, trees, and a campfire.

After being paired with a college buddy, children ages 4 through 11 read books from different genres and made their own literary wilderness journals.

For each book they read during the four hour event, the children added a paper leaf to a tree. The participants contributed more than 250 leaves.


Mount Saint Mary College students helped their young friends read more than 250 books during the recent read-a-thon.

“This past Saturday really opened our eyes to how much of an impact we can have on our local community,” said lacrosse player Henry Schof of Montgomery, N.Y.

Added teammate David Hobbs of Baldwin, N.Y., “Being able to help out local elementary students was really satisfying, and we hope we can partner up with CIRCLE again in the future.”

Lindsay Roe of Bloomingburg, N.Y., president of the Mount’s CIRCLE organization, echoed the sentiment.

“I have never seen children enjoy reading as much as I did at the read-a-thon on Saturday,” she explained. “For four hours, they witnessed college athletes enthusiastically reading and discussing literature. The event was a success in that it delivered the message every teacher wants their students to hear: reading is cool.”

Janine Bixler, Mount professor of education and chair of the Division of Education, is the faculty advisor for CIRCLE as well as the director for CELL. She was pleased with the outcome of the event, and praised all involved.

“It was a great success,” she said.

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