National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide celebration of reading that takes place every year on March 2. For the seventh year in a row, the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team held their outreach event on this day to celebrate reading and inspire young students. The team visited to Vermont Elementary School in San Bernardino and read various books in English and in Spanish to children in grades first through sixth.

The team, led by Coach Kristen B Hauge, has been participating in the Read Across America Day for several years. The purpose of this day is to promote reading and lifelong learning to the children. Hauge said the women also discuss the benefits of staying in school, a college education, various majors and career choices. Since the team is currently in their offseason, the players aemphasize taking part in opportunities that help serve their community.
SBVC Women’s Soccer Team Holds Annual Outreach Event

Stephanie Doran, who started attending SBVC last spring and joined the soccer team in the summer of 2017, enjoyed her first experience with this event. She said that she loved reading to the children, watching them laugh, and seeing the joy on their faces is something special. Her teammate Jordyn Dejongh, who participated for the second time this this year, said the first graders especially had so many questions about soccer and about the college experience. The team aims to continue their outreach efforts in order to inspire future generations both athletically and academically.