Local news is the best! Here is an example from two Napa Valley USD high schools; Napa High Indians and the American Canyon Wolves!
April 14, 2011. American Canyon Eagle. "ACHS Athletes Tackle a New Role." (
The (Athletes as Readers and Leaders) program is designed so that after each high school athletic season ends, participating coaches and players visit their feeder elementary schools to read them picture books. The books usually relate to the players’ sport. Coach MacMillan and players talk about wellness, nutrition, academics, leadership, training. and physical fitness!
February 2009. Napa High Indians. "Football Stars Read. React" (Marty James, sportrs editor, Napa Valley Register)
......As he said hello and introduced himself Monday morning in the Browns Valley Elementary School multi-purpose room, Troy Mott had a question for the young students in front of him. “Do you know what we’re here for today?” Mott asked. No one had an answer. Mott followed that up by telling the group, made up of kindergarten, first and second graders, “We’re going to read you guys a story. And we’re going to talk to you about the importance of reading.” Reading was the lesson plan as Mott, Napa High’s head football coach who was joined by four of his players, took part in “Athletes as Readers and Leaders,” a program founded by Kate MacMillan, the Napa Valley Unified School District’s coordinator of library services.
Summer 2008. Get Caught Reading Newsletter. "Local Athletes Encourage Kids to Read, Get Fit."
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