March 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's tennis team participated in the National Education Association's "Read Across America" day last Friday, entertaining and engaging with young, local students. The team read stories and talked to sixth graders at Buford Elementary School in the Lennox School District in southern California.
The event was part of a celebration of reading on the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The Lions enjoyed hours reading Dr. Seuss stories to children in different classrooms. Buford Elementary School lies in the Lennox area of Los Angeles County, between the cities of Inglewood and Los Angeles. The school has a focus on increasing the reading participation of its students and activities such as "Read Across America" help its students maintain that focus.
Participating at the reading event at Buford Elementary School were LMU women's tennis players: Elisaveta Pironkova, Lisa Piller, Claudia Razzeto, Adriana Radinovic, Tory Parravi, Logan Finnell, Ashley Anderson, Reka Rohonyi, Ana Lucia Fuentes, Madison Wesseln, and head coach Jamie Sanchez who all found the event rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed their time with the youngsters.
LMU women's tennis team were among millions nationwide who participated in the yearly event that encourages children to read. Started by the NEA in 1997, the day is designed to get children excited about reading, like "pep rallies get kids excited about football."
The Lions return to the courts Friday, Mar. 9 at 1:30 p.m. as they host Cal State Fullerton at the LMU Tennis Center.