Reading event held in Potsdam with help from Clarkson
From left Hennessy Garcia, Karishma Surujnath, Little Isaiah Johnson, Philomina Yeboah & Natalia Surujnat.
POTSDAM — Several students from Clarkson University’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) spent time on Friday, March 2, reading to students at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School as part of Read Across America.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
HEOP has been taking part in the tradition since 2011 at Lawrence Avenue Elementary. This year, Hennessy Garcia '21, Karishma Surujnath '18, Little Isaiah Johnson '21, Philomina Yeboah '18 and Natalia Surujnath '21 carried on the tradition.
Patricia Gagnon, a teacher at Lawrence Avenue Elementary, expressed gratitude for the students and their willingness to interact with the younger pupils.
“The kindergarten students loved the story and were so excited to have their own copy to take home! We truly appreciate (the students) taking the time out of your busy schedules to do this,” she said.
The pupils of Lawrence Avenue Elementary were not the only students who enjoyed themselves on Friday.
"I was having a rough week and I reading to the little kids a great stress reliever," said Yeboah.
"I was nervous at first, but after seeing their big smiles after we handed them their books, I knew that this meant a lot to them," added Johnson.