Jan. 30, 2014
MANCHESTER, Conn. - The UConn women's track and field team visited the students at Verplanck Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., on January 14 for the school's Language Arts Night.
The UConn student-athletes brought flashlights and books for the students to read. Student-athletes read various titles to students in kindergarten. Verplanck Elementary School is part of the Husky Reach program with UConn, which is supported by donations from 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 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 each Verplanck student home with a copy of the book they read at the event. The UConn students also sent the children and their families home with "UConn Women's Track and Field" pencils to use in school and to serve as a memento of Flashlight Reading Night.
The Husky Reach program is a partnership between UConn and various elementary schools east of the Connecticut River. Throughout the year, student-athletes from UConn visit these schools to read to the students and talk to them about the importance of working hard in the classroom in order to be a successful student-athlete.