The Holy Family University Department of Athletics donated and presented 1,000 new children's books to Benjamin Rush Elementary School as part of its Build-A-Library initiative during an assembly on Tuesday, December 5.
The assembly marked the 12th annual Build-A-Library event, which first began in 2006. Since then, the Holy Family Department of Athletics, along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), has donated nearly 15,000 new books to 14 Philadelphia area schools.
"The third through sixth graders were really engaged during the assembly," said Associate Director of Athletics, Robin Arnold. "They were really attentive while our student-athletes spoke to them about the importance of reading and how reading helps you to learn and be successful in school. We are thankful to Benjamin Rush for being so welcoming. Our student-athletes did a tremendous job in representing Holy Family."
Members of the athletics staff along with student-athletes delivered the new books to Benjamin Rush to kick off assembly held at the school. Taurai Augustin (Men's Cross Country/Track & Field), Alyssa Christiansen (Women's Soccer), George Dorsey III (Men's Cross Country/Track & Field), Shannon Metzler (Women's Soccer), Gideon Sackor (Men's Track & Field) and Maliq Sanders (Men's Basketball) spoke at the assembly about their experiences and the importance of reading.
It's never to late to start planning for next year. If you have any new or slightly used children's blooks and would like to donate to next year's Build-A-Library project please contact Robin Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.