66ers Celebrate Read Across America

March 8, 2014

The Tulsa 66ers celebrated Read Across America Week as Grant Jerrett and Mustafa Shakur visited Vandever Elementary in Broken Arrow on Thursday afternoon, reading to the school’s fourth grade students.

Read Across America Week, scheduled around Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, helps students learn the importance of reading through guest readers coming to classrooms and reading to students.

The Vandever students, dressed up as their favorite literary character, gathered in the school’s multi-purpose room as Jerrett and Shakur read Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. After reading, the players interacted with the students, signing autographs and taking a group photo.

“It’s really fun reading to the kids,” said Shakur. “Kids just make my day. It’s really special reading to kids and just brightens up my day.”

Thursday’s reading event is just one of many community outreach programs the 66ers take part in throughout the season. Tulsa players use community events like reading to students to help give back to the community they’ve become a part of.

“It’s great, just seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and them interacting and wanting to learn,” said Jerrett. “Their enthusiasm today was great. It’s good to see them enjoy an event like this in school.”

To read about other community initiatives by the team, click here.