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Lafayette Student-Athletes Celebrate Read Across America Day With Area Schools

March 9, 2007

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EASTON, Pa. - Elementary schools across the nation recognized Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2 by taking part in the National Education Association's 10th annual Read Across America Day, the nation's largest reading celebration. More than 25 Lafayette student-athletes from six different sports helped to make that day a little bit more special, as they visited Easton area elementary and middle schools as guest readers.

Lafayette assistant women's lacrosse coach Stephanie Straup, who is also the Classroom Technology Coordinator at Cheston Elementary on Easton's south side, said all of the kids enjoyed interacting with the student-athletes and exchanging stories.

"The kids get so excited to have any guest readers, but the Lafayette student-athletes are people that these kids look up to," Straup said. "They had a ton of questions for them, and the kids shared their own sports stories. The student-athletes certainly played a huge part in making this day as special and memorable as possible."

Lafayette student athletes and coaches visited March, Cheston and Paxinosa elementaries, while members of the men's soccer and tennis teams visited Philip Lauer Middle School in Wilson. Below is a list of all participants and what school they attended.

Thousands of schools and public libraries took part in this nationwide event, which stretched from single-day events to week-long Seussian celebrations. The NEA is an organization with over 3.2 million members working to improve the public school education.

Nick Tucker
Kevin Reese

Football (Cheston with head coach Frank Tavani) Robert Curley Kenneth McLeon Joe Moore DeAndre' Morrow Kyle Sprenkle Michael Wojcik

(Paxinosa with assistant coach Mike Faragalli) Mike DiPaola Josh Jones Samuel Leland Evan Nardone Phillip Vincent

Men's Basketball (March with assistant coach Mike Farrell) Andrew Brown Ted Detmer Andre Hines

Men's Soccer (Philip Lauer) Evan Cohen Scott Hawkins Mike Tilley

Women's Lacrosse (Cheston with assistant coach Stephanie Straup) Sofie Grossman Stephanie Kramer Christine McDougal

Tennis (Philip Lauer) Matt Rush Danielle Bailey Ansley Scudder