Philadelphia, Pa. - The Holy Family University athletics department donated and presented new children's books to the Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School during an assembly Wednesday afternoon.
The assembly marked the seventh annual 'Build-A-Library' community engagement event, which first began in 2006. Since then, the Holy Family athletics department along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has donated over 9,600 new books to nine Philadelphia area schools.
Holy Family student-athletes (Natasha Cooper, Ahmed Elgayar (Philadelphia, Pa./Central), Alexis Harris (Laurel, Md./Reservoir), Ian Hower (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Schuylkill Haven), Travis Perinho (Riverside, N.J./Riverside), Delainey Price (Cheltenham, Md./Frederick Douglas) and Dominique Thomas (Laurelton, N.Y./Law Government Service Magnet)) and athletics staff delivered over 600 new books to the Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School. The student-athletes also took the time to speak with the children about the importance of reading, making good choices and being respectful to one another.
Director of Athletics, Sandra Michael, also made a deal with the school children for the class that reads the most books will be invited to Holy Family later in the spring. During the future visit, the school children will be able to read with the student-athletes and participate in athletic activities.
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