PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 1, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s basketball team visited the Paul Robeson Annex in New Brunswick, N.J., on Friday to read books to students as part of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” program.
RU stopped into three classrooms and read Dr. Seuss books as an effort to help promote reading in local schools.
“Today was a great experience,” said Rutgers sophomore Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.). “It’s something that we have a responsibility to do as basketball players and I enjoy being here with the kids. I never had an older brother or sister, so it’s nice to be able to serve as a role model for these young kids and come in here and read to them.”
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's three million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
The Scarlet Knights annually pay a visit to a local school as part of their commitment to civic responsibility. Rutgers also partakes in the “Scarlet Letters” pen pal program, is involved in “Toys for Tots” and assists at Elijah’s Promise.