October 30, 2014
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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
“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
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.
For more information, visit www.msmc.edu.