Kangaroos Help Ring In F.R.E.D. Book Club At Bentwood Elementary
UMKC Athletics 1-15-2013
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(Kansas City, Mo.) - When the Kanas City women's basketball team visited Bentwood Elementary in Olathe, Kan., their goal was to help deliver Dr. Seuss' message, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

"It is important for the kids to know how we use reading on a daily basis," freshman Kelsey Barnwell said.  "Every day we read, not just for school so we can play basketball and graduate, but for our scouting reports and for pleasure, as well."

Using their status as role models to the students, the 'Roos helped send the message by discussing what their favorite books were when they were younger, while senior forward Kim Nezianya made up a story using clues presented by her 'Roo teammates.

The clues displayed by the team were shown to the students one day at a time leading up to the assembly where the students discovered their mystery item, the book Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills, as part of the F.R.E.D. book club program.

F.R.E.D. (Families Read Every Day) is a community wide book club for K-5 students.  The Olathe Public Schools Foundation funded this project thru a generous grant to Olathe Public Schools.  Every K-5 student and staff member in each of the 34 elementary schools was given Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills.  The goal of the program is to engage the entire school community of students, families and teachers in a shared reading experience that they can all enjoy together!

"It was a lot of fun getting to interact with the kids to help them solve their mystery book," senior Emile Blakesley said.  "It also brought back a lot of memories from when I was that age."

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Thursday when they welcome in Summit League foe Fort Wayne to the Swinney Recreation Center for a 7 p.m. tilt.

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