"Are there any Boilermakers in the house?" Students at Hershey Elementary School cheered loudly as Purdue football player David Blough spoke at the Reading Super Bowl kickoff. The quarterback was among dozens of Purdue athletes who took part in the one-day convocation that promotes reading. Students erupted in cheers when it was announced Hershey has already scored more than 27,000 reading points this school year. The points are earned after students read a book and pass Accelerated Reading quizzes.
In one classroom, Blough had students laughing with the story If You Give a Moose a Muffiin. He told students that he would not be where he is today, playing football at Purdue, if it wasn't for reading. Softball, track, basketball, swimming and diving athletes also came throughout the day to read with students.
"The goal of the Reading Super Bowl is to get students revved up about reading," says Principal Linda Fields. "At a time when many across the nation are excited about the upcoming Super Bowl, at Hershey, we are excited about reading. Purdue athletes from various sports spent time reading books with our students and shared the importance of having strong reading skills when participating in collegiate athletics. We celebrated that, to date, our Hershey Panthers have read almost 156,000 books."