December 3, 2014 - The Holy Family University Department of Athletics donated and presented new children's books to the Potter Thomas Elementary School in Philadelphia during an assembly Tuesday morning. The assembly represented the ninth annual 'Build-A-Library' community engagement event, which first began in 2006. Since then, the Holy Family department of athletics along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has donated over 11,700 new books to 11 Philadelphia area schools.
Members of the department of athletics staff, student-athletes and members of 'Blue Crew' delivered 1,100 new books to the Potter Thomas Elementary School. At the assembly, the Holy Family representatives led the school children in a number of cheers and also discussed the importance of reading.
"The Build-A-Library event continues to be one of the highlights of the year," said Associate Director of Athletics Robin Arnold. "The elementary students were thrilled to have us and were very energetic throughout the assembly. I'm glad we were able to provide their library with all these new books."
Towards the end of the assembly, Arnold made a deal with the school children for the class that reads the most books will be invited to Holy Family later in the spring. She challenged the school children to read as many books from now until the spring.
During the future visit later this spring, the school children will be able to read with Holy Family student-athletes, take a tour of campus, participate in athletic activities in the Campus Center Gymnasium and eat lunch with student athletes and staff.