Rutgers Football Players Help Celebrate Read Across America at Campbell School

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From the Office of the Superintendent:

Two Rutgers University football players captivated Campbell Elementary School's first grade when they read Dr. Seuss books to the school's youngest students.  The visit on Monday, February 27, marked the beginning of Campbell's celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday, which takes place later this week.

"Read Across America is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy Dr. Seuss books and celebrate reading. We are delighted to have Rutgers student-athletes share their enthusiasm for Dr. Seuss, while connecting with our first graders through his timeless books," said Vincent Caputo, Metuchen School District Superintendent of Schools.  "It's very exciting for our younger students to meet those who are in college - our students can begin to understand that higher education is a goal for them to attain one day."


Football player Hugh Ahern and Shawn Tucker, a former member of the team and a current assistant athletic director at Rutgers, visited the elementary school on Monday, February 27.  The two athletes read the books Green Eggs and Ham, Happy Birthday to You!  and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish to Campbell's first grade.  The two also answered questions from the children about Dr. Seuss books and about Rutgers football.

In addition, as part of the school's Read Across America activities, Campbell is collecting new or gently used books to donate to children in shelters throughout Middlesex County. This program, called Campbell Book Drop, continues through March 5th.

The 13-year-old Read Across America program is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA).  According to the association, the program aims to motivate children and teens to read.  NEA's Read Across America Day, takes place annually on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. 

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