Pitt Football Players, Cheerleaders Read to Avonworth Students Athletes Descend on Elementary School as Part of Read across American Day Program

By Cueni-Cohen, Jill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), March 6, 2014 | Go to article overview

Pitt Football Players, Cheerleaders Read to Avonworth Students Athletes Descend on Elementary School as Part of Read across American Day Program


Cueni-Cohen, Jill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


In honor of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday, nearly two dozen University of Pittsburgh football players, cheerleaders, dancers and a mascot descended upon Avonworth Elementary School on Friday to read to the students.

It was Melissa Haering's idea to invite the players for Read Across America Day last year. She is a Title 1 reading specialist at the school and also is married to Pitt Panthers' special teams coach, Chris Haering.

This year, Mrs. Haering got additional help from the players in recruiting more volunteers, and the Read Across America collaboration between the Pitt Panthers and Avonworth Elementary is on its way to becoming a tradition.

"Those players who came last year told everyone how much fun it was, so we didn't have any problem getting volunteers this year," said Mrs. Haering, of Marshall.

Some of the Pitt students got permission from their professors to miss class for the event. "Some of them are able to get credit for community service for being here."

"I thought that doing this would be rewarding, but I'm surprised to see how excited the kids are," said dancer Hilary Nickels, 21, of Herminie after she read and answered questions from students in Jeff Dzubinski's kindergarten class. A junior at Pitt, Ms. Nickels is majoring in education. She said she learned a valuable lesson after spending a few hours with the students.

"I now realize how important it is for me to be the person these kids expect me to be. I'm representing Pitt, and this is an opportunity to show them that college is about making good choices."

Sophomore J.P. Holtz, 20, of Shaler volunteered for the event last year and he, too, became more aware that he is a role model. "I remember when I was a kid, and it would have been awesome to meet an actual football player," said Mr. Holtz, adding that he intends to come back to Avonworth again. "I know they look up to me, and this means that I can't mess around and get into trouble. I have to be a good role model. I'd like to do this every year that I'm in college and maybe even afterwards."

Each grade level from K through 5 selected a theme, and the athletes read books related to those themes to each homeroom. Team members participated in an interactive game of Jeopardy! …

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