Wyoming Education Association

Summer 2016

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SUMMER 2016 | WEAnews 14 ELEMENTARY-AGED STUDENTS READING WITH THE POKES! As part of Excellence at 7220 program, eight UW student-athletes attended the first Reading with the Pokes experience at Beitel Elementary school in Laramie, for the Fall 2015 semester. The following student-athletes were in attendance: Ø Wrestlers: Brandon Tribble, Danny Gordon, and Anthony Juckes Ø Women's Track & Field student-athletes: Ariana Williams, Ashley Snyder, and Hannah Carr Ø Men's Basketball student-athletes: Alan Herndon, and Jonathon Barnes. The UW student-athletes were part of Beitel Elementary' s monthly assembly where they, along with school teachers and officials, talked to the students about school activities and, in particular, acknowledged reading goals that had been reached by the elementary-aged students. UW student-athletes will continue attending assemblies at the end of each month at Beitel Elementary, where the UW student- athletes will become more involved in inspiring, motivating and encouraging students to engage in reading. Student-athletes are responsible for addressing the individual students who have met the reading goals, and at the end of the assembly, award the "Golden Bulldog" to the class that completes the most minutes of reading. UW student-athletes experienced a rewarding and successful trip to Bietel Elementary and all seemed eager to continue expanding their appearances to other schools in addition to a return trip to Bietel Elementary on Halloween Day—October 30 th . UW student- athletes planned to read with local elementary students during the months of October/November and again in February/March. Each sport program had student-athletes, coaches and/or staff members involved in the reading opportunities during the 2015-16 academic year. If your school would like to be involved in the Reading with the Pokes program, please contact Rosemary Stribling rstribli@uwyo.edu for more information. READING WITH THE POKES!

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