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Leopard Football Takes Part in National Read Across America Day

March 2, 2018

EASTON, Pa. – In what has become an annual tradition, the Lafayette football program took part in National Read Across America Day on Friday morning. Clad in their maroon jerseys, student-athletes visited Forks, Tracy and Paxinosa elementary schools on Friday morning, braving the inclement weather that eventually lead to early dismissals at the schools.

Lafayette’s football players and coaches read Dr. Seuss books to the inquisitive students during the nationwide reading celebration on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Before, during and after the reading sessions, the students, who ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade, peppered the Lafayette student-athletes with questions. The questions covered by the school students covered academic and athletic careers and all of the players' favorites (car, food, football player, etc.)

Lafayette head coach John Garrett, who shares a birthday with Dr. Seuss, was serenaded by a third-grade class at Forks Elementary and had his own questions for the students. He later headed to Paxinosa Elementary with a different group of Lafayette football players.

"It’s a great way to inspire and encourage the kids to read. It’s some important for their development,” Garrett said. “It’s a great opportunity for us and our team to get to schools in the community and encourage the students to read – to let them know how fun it is and how important it is.”

Lafayette football will begin its spring practice on March 20 at 4:30 p.m. with the annual Maroon-White Spring Game set for April 21.