UH Hilo students inspire East Hawaiʻi elementary students to read

Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day: Vulcan teams visited Hilo Union, Kaūmana, Haʻaheo, Waiākea, Keaʻau, Chiefess Kapiʻolani and Keaukaha elementary schools.

Collage of students in Dr. Seuss hats.

A group of 72 University of Hawai‘i at Hilo students and student-athletes read to more than 2,500 East Hawai‘i elementary students at seven schools on March 1 as a part of the Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day. Vulcan teams from baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s soccer visited Hilo Union, Kaūmana, Haʻaheo, Waiākea, Keaʻau, Chiefess Kapiʻolani and Keaukaha elementary schools.

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

The outreach was done in collaboration with the National Education Association’s annual Dr. Seuss Read Across America program on the legendary writer’s 115th birthday.

The Vulcan athletic department collaborated with Maile Boggeln, UH Hilo campus and community service coordinator, to organize the event. The Campus and Community Service (CCS) program has been participating in Read Across America Day for over 16 years.

“This is such a wonderful event that we have the privilege of putting on each year,” says Boggeln. “The partnership between athletics and CCS bridges two major units on campus, and the opportunity not only provides our students with meaningful volunteer opportunities, but it helps inspire a new generation of readers that will hopefully join us at UH Hilo down the road.”

 

-via UH System News.