WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team volunteered on Jan. 17 to read to kindergarten through sixth graders at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES).
In groups of two the players read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, or I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.
Players that participated in this program include seniors Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio), Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.), Jocus Houston (Baton Rouge, La.), Jeremy Adams (Glenn Dale, Md.), juniors Kristofer Saucedo (Chicago, Ill), Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.), Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) and sophomore Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio). Director of Program Development, Stephen DaSilva, arranged the program.
"It was a special opportunity for our players to stress the importance of bilingual literacy to our future leaders," said Gallaudet men's basketball coach Brendan Stern. "I am very proud that our players have embraced the aspect of making a positive impact on the Kendall Green community. Just seeing the genuine expressions of joy on the kids' faces was priceless."