The Coastal Carolina University football team continued its tradition of reading to area elementary schools around Valentine’s Day, as numerous players volunteered time to read to kindergarten classes Fri., Feb. 13 as part of the United Way's 7th Annual Caring for Kindergarteners. This is a part of the volunteer work that the football program does yearly around the Myrtle Beach/Conway area, as well as the rest of the athletic department’s squads.
This year, the players headed out to 21 of the elementary schools in the Horry County School District, with a total of 114 players and coaches reading to the 112 classrooms of five- and six-year olds. The distinct part about this is that each classroom got a reading of the same book, the classic “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. It was everyone sharing the same book and a quality day that made it a great event for all involved.
“We like the Valentine’s Day volunteer reading activity,” Tyler Campbell said, summing it up best for the players involved. “I really enjoy reading to the kids and especially since we read The Giving Tree. That book really symbolizes the effective of friendship and how you should give to your friends every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.”