WU Athletes Get Involved with Literacy Night

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

STAYTON, ORE. -- Student-athletes from Willamette University took time out of their busy schedules to lend a hand at Stayton Elementary School in Stayton, Ore. Seven student-athletes traveled to Stayton on Feb. 25 to assist the staff with Literacy Night.

Members of the Willamette volleyball team, women's soccer team and men's basketball team participated in the activities.

The women's soccer representatives spent the evening handing out free books to students who attended the night. Members of the men's basketball team read Dr. Seuss books to students in first grade through third grade.

The highlight of the night was an art activity based around "The Foot Book" by Dr. Seuss. Student-athletes from the volleyball and men's basketball team helped the kids paint their feet and then walk across the giant sheets of paper. The footprint filled papers were then hung on the walls to decorate the hallways of Stayton Elementary.

"The principal and teachers really appreciated us being there," said Tom Shoji, head volleyball coach. "All of the student-athletes who participated were a big help."

Cameron Mitchell (left) helps with a feet painting project during Literacy Night at Stayton Elementary School.

Cameron Mitchell (left) helps with a feet painting project during Literacy Night at Stayton Elementary School.

Cody Pastorino reads a Dr. Seuss book to students at Stayton Elementary School.

Cody Pastorino reads a Dr. Seuss book to students at Stayton Elementary School.