UH Hilo Vulcans read Dr. Seuss books to East Hawaiʻi schoolchildren

An annual event, UH Hilo students and student-athletes spent time March 2 reading Dr. Seuss books to more than 2,300 elementary students at seven East Hawaiʻi schools.

Group photos, all in Dr. Seuss hats.
Students and student-athletes read Dr. Seuss books to more than 2,300 elementary students at seven East Hawaiʻi schools.

Ninety University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students and student-athletes read Dr. Seuss books to more than 2,300 elementary students at seven East Hawaiʻi schools on March 2 as a part of the Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day.

“This is always one of my favorite days of the year,” says UH Hilo athletic director Patrick Guillen. “The keiki and our UHH student-athletes really enjoy this event. The smiles and interactions between both is very rewarding to see.”

Vulcan Athletics teams from the sports of baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s soccer visited the following Big Island elementary schools: Keaukaha, Kaūmana, Haʻaheo, Waiākea, Keaʻau and Prince Jonah Kalaniʻanaole Intermediate School.

The outreach was done in collaboration with the National Education Association’s 21st annual Dr. Seuss Read Across American program. All across the country, celebrities, athletes and teams visited schools and read Dr. Seuss books to children, on the legendary writer’s 114th birthday. Dr. Seuss wrote 46 books for children before passing away in 1991 at the age of 87. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Lifetime of Contribution to Children’s Literature.

The Vulcan athletic department partnered with Maile Boggeln, interim coordinator of UH Hilo Campus and Community Service, and Heather Simon, student assistant, to organize the event. The Campus and Community Service program has been participating in Read Across America for over 15 years.

This year, the number of readers and schoolchildren both increased. At each school, the UH Hilo athletes and students gave out book markers, pens, erasers and books.

Reading to students.
One of the UH Hilo readers on Dr. Seuss Day.

 

Media release from UH Hilo Athletics.