WASHINGTON - Even in the off-season members of the Gallaudet University women's soccer team are finding ways to give back to their community. On March 2, sophomore defender Neha Balachandran (Dayton, Ohio) and senior forward Abby Courtemanche (Southbridge, Mass.) sat down and read a story by Dr. Seuss to kindergartners and first graders at Payne Elementary School in the Washington, D.C., public school district, which has a small deaf and hard of hearing program.
Following story time, Balachandran and Courtemanche joined the youngsters as they participated in various activities. Balachandran and Courtemanche are currently education majors here at Gallaudet.
The National Education Association (NEA) and Read Across America have designated March 2 as National Read Across America Day. March 2 is also the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading March 2.