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Student-Athletes Share Love of Reading With Elementary Pupils

Wrestler Michael Tompakov entertains Sheridan schoolkids Relating the story of 'Daisy-Head Mayzie' are, from left, Wildcats Shane Burridge (tennis), the appropriately adorned Trisha Moser (softball) and Paula Karine Monteiro (volleyball)As schoolchildren nationwide gathered for Read Across America programs in observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday Wednesday, 11 Penn College student-athletes went to Williamsport’s Sheridan Elementary School for the third annual “Reading with the Wildcats” initiative. Rachel Emmons, Dan Shaffer and Clint Hinton performed a Readers’ Theatre, then joined Michael Tompakov, Paula Karine Monteiro, Shane Burridge, Trisha Moser, Brandy Krause and Garrett Hornung for a performance of “Daisy-Head Mayzie.” The Wildcats variously representing the tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, archery, wrestling, women’s volleyball, softball and baseball teams then went back to students’ classrooms to read books especially selected by teachers. “It was a lot of fun for all (Sheridan students, teachers and Penn College athletes),” said Jami L. Hughes, coordinator of intercollegiate athletics and sports information, who also provided the photos above.