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Verplanck "Reading Millionaires" Honored By Husky Reach

Principal Mike Saimond and UConn AD Warde Manuel

Feb. 27, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Verplanck Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., is part of the UConn Husky Reach program through generous funding from the SBM Charitable Foundation.

UConn student-athletes visit Verplanck during the week to read with the students and discuss important lessons within the stories. The Verplanck Elementary students read a combined total of one million minutes in an annual tradition.

The Verplanck fourth and fifth grades came to visit the XL Center on Tuesday evening as the women's team played Pittsburgh.

The students played on inflatables with UConn student-athletes, had dinner and then were then honored on the court for their outstanding achievement.

Volunteers from the golf, women's and men's Tennis, volleyball, rowing, women's track and field and football teams came to the XL Center to spend time with the Verplanck students.

UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel and UConn Community Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Bohannon had the privilege of presenting Verplanck Principal Mike Saimond with a plaque on behalf of the SBM Charitable Foundation.

The SBM Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 by Connecticut Bancshares, the parent company of the former Savings Bank of Manchester. The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc., is committed to bettering the lives of those who live and work predominately in Hartford, Windham and Tolland counties.