TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, February 12, 2004
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TCU hosts reading event for elementary kids

By Kristy Cubstead
Staff Reporter

Thousands of elementary school students from all over north Texas will travel to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Saturday for the third annual Fall in Love with Reading Festival.Nonprofit organization Score a Goal in the Classroom sponsors the event, which is expected to bring in about 4,000 children ages 4 to 11, said Ernie Horn, executive director of Score a Goal in the Classroom.

“This is a tradition we started at TCU,” Horn said. “We’re the first university in the world to do this.”

Horn said the over 400 volunteers will read and talk to the students at the festival, which is from 9 to 11 a.m. It helps students learn to have fun with reading, and every student will walk away with at least one book, he said.

Volunteers from the Fort Worth Public Library will lead students in games such as musical books. Participants can also win toys, tickets to local sporting events, coupons for free food, and school supplies through various games and giveaways, Horn said.

Kevin O’Connell, associate athletic director of external operations, said costume characters, such as the Mad Hatter and Alice from “Alice in Wonderland,” may also be at the event.

Children from Fort Worth, Weatherford, Cleburne, Grapevine and Arlington will meet at their elementary school and take buses to TCU, Horn said. All elementary students are welcome to participate, and do not have to come with a school.

TCU athletes, SuperFrog, Greek organizations, the TCU Showgirls, and faculty and staff are among the many that will volunteer for the festival. More volunteers are still needed, and anyone is welcome to come at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to volunteer.

The athletes that volunteer at the event will wear their jerseys, talk to the students about their sport and autograph books for them, said Assistant Sports Marketing Director Jessica Burnham.Senior e-businessmajor Paula Bryant plans to volunteer because she said she has heard good things about the festival from friends who volunteered last year.
“It will be nice to open the world of reading to young kids,” Bryant said.

“This is an opportunity to interact with young children and teach them about the love of reading,” O’Connell said.
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