Jan. 10, 2014
MANCHESTER, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team visited the students at Waddell Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., for their annual Flashlight Reading Night on Wednesday. Student-athletes read "The World According to Humphrey" by Betty Birney to students from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Students at Waddell are part of the UConn Husky Reach program that is supported by funding from the SBM Charitable Foundation. The SBM Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 by Connecticut Bankshares, the parent company of the former Saving Bank of Manchester. The SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc., is committed to bettering lives of those who live and work predominately in Hartford, Windham and Tolland counties.
Generous funding from the foundation made this night possible and allowed student-athletes to send home a copy of "The World According to Humphrey" with each of the students.
Throughout the year, student-athletes from UConn visit the school to read to the students at Waddell and talk to them about the importance of working hard in the classroom in order to be a successful student-athlete.
Members of the UConn women's ice hockey team started the night off by introducing themselves to the students and sharing the name of their favorite childhood book. They then took turns with the students reading chapters of the book. At the end of night, the student-athletes handed out pencils for students to use in the classroom and soft hockey pucks with the Husky logo on it. It was a great evening where UConn students and Waddell students got to share the love of reading with one another.