Central High School’s Athletes as Readers and Leaders program

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The Athletes as Readers and Leaders program at Central High School is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Janet Wile, Supervisor of Library Services at Central USD, started Athletes as Readers and Leaders 10 years ago with only seven football players.  Today, over 100 student-athletes in football, basketball, volleyball, water polo, golf and other sports, including Folkloric dance, participate in the program.

Athletes as Readers and Leaders program allows student-athletes to interact face-to-face with elementary school students, read to them and collaborate on ideas, ultimately engaging them in essential conversations about health and the importance of picking up a book.

More than 35,000 students have been read to throughout the program’s history.

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