WASHINGTON – Members from the Gallaudet University's women's soccer team participated in a Read Aloud Service Project recently with kindergarten, first, and second graders at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School.
Team members visited classrooms and read to them a book called Swimmy by Leo Lionni, a story placed deep in the sea about a school of fish overcoming danger through ingenuity and teamwork. The theme of the book gears towards building community, being considerate, and solving problems together.
"It was such a great experience to read aloud to the younger students," said senior Sofia Lindevall (Stockholm, Sweden). "We are role models to younger students and this was a great opportunity to represent Gallaudet. They are our future Gallaudet University student-athletes."
Head Coach Liza Offreda was very supportive of the program.
"I taught English at Kendall for three years, so I know how important literacy is. I am passionate about literacy development for our young deaf and hard of hearing students," said Offreda. "Literacy has the ability to positively direct your life. It also provides them with a sense of future goals and dreams of becoming not only athletes, but students as well. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to have someone to look up to, to see our student-athletes and have the opportunity to read together."