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Student-athletes participate in 'Just Read!' program

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[OCT. 2, 2004]  NORMAL -- Student-athletes from the Illinois State athletics program were scheduled to visit Glenn Elementary School in Normal this week as part of the Missouri Valley Conference's community outreach program "Just Read!" In the program, student-athletes visit local elementary schools, read books and tell about the importance of reading in their lives.

"Since 2000, our students-athletes have logged 1,000 hours or more each year in community service projects," said assistant athletics director Jane Fulton. "The 'Just Read!' program is at the top of our student-athletesí list in community service projects. When they have an opportunity, they sign up and do a great job.

"'Just Read!' is a win-win situation for both the elementary schools and our student-athletes. It's a great way to stress education and be a good citizen."

The ISU student-athletes were scheduled to read to elementary students at Glenn School, 306 Glenn Ave., for an hour on Thursday morning. Student-athletes who planned to make the trip included Shawn Wiza, Juan Salcido, Jesse Caesar, Pat Cucci, Joe Niklasch, Dan Passarelli, Erik Madsen, Andre Parsons, Jackie Williams and Josh Chrestman.


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The Missouri Valley Conference began the "Just Read!" program in November of 1998. It is co-sponsored by State Farm Insurance and the Missouri Valley Conference. Video segments from each Missouri Valley Conference visit are aired during the league's basketball television package.

[Illinois State University news release]

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