Jan. 10, 2013
MANCHESTER, Conn. - UConn student-athletes from the women's ice hockey team and men's and women's track and field teams visited the Waddell Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., on Tuesday night to participate in a "Flashlight Reading Night." This event was a part of the Husky Reach program, which is supported by the SBM Charitable Foundation.
Approximately 40 UConn student-athletes traveled to Waddell and read "Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little" with students between kindergarten and fifth grade and their families. The students of Waddell brought blankets and spread out on the gymnasium floor to read while UConn provided the copies of "Moxy Maxwell" and flashlights.
Student-athletes paired off with the young students and their families and used flashlights in the dark gymnasium read together.
Through the generous donations of the SBM Charitable Foundation, the UConn student-athletes were also able to help pass out a variety of age specific reading books for the children to take home and read. This program has taken place for several years the close partnership with Waddell and Principal Roland Axelson.
The night was an incredible success -- filled with smiling faces from both UConn and Waddell students.
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 pre¬dominately in Hartford, Windham and Tolland counties.