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Leopards Go Back To School to Promote Literacy

March 2, 2017

The Lafayette football team was out in full force at three Easton-area elementary schools on Thursday as part of National Read Across America Day.

The entire team and coaching staff traveled to Forks Elementary, Paxinosa Elementary and Tracy Elementary schools reading Dr. Seuss books to the eager students during the nationwide reading celebration on Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Before, during and after reading the celebrated children's books, the Leopard football players took questions about their college experiences, their favorite football players and anything on the minds of the students who ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade. 

"Read Across America is just a great national event," said Lafayette head coach John Garrett who shares his birthday with Dr. Seuss. "Reading is so important. If you are enthusiastic about learning, then you need to be able to read and that's the message to the kids today. To be out here with the kids, it invigorates us. Whenever you are around younger people, they bring energy and excitement. To see our players here interacting with the students is fantastic."

Garrett, who is in his first season as the Fred M. Kirby II '42 Head Football Coach, explained his program's motivation to participate in the event which defensive backs coach Doug McFadden coordinated.

"Your experience at Lafayette College is one where you have to get out in the community and we are charging the guys to become renaissance men -- to be great ambassadors in every aspect of their lives."