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Contact: Greg Dart
EPHRAIM – Members of the Snow College football team spent Friday helping Ephraim Elementary School students ring in Readasaurus’ birthday.
The dinosaur turned 31, and the bash was marked by a day of reading for students at the school.
Snow College football players, who have participated in the year-long Star Reading Program at the school, took time to read a book to each of the classes at the school.
“Let me tell you something about these football players,” said Snow quarterback Christian Stewart at a school assembly. “They all go to college and every one of them loves to read.”
The elementary students spend the day reading on Friday, started off with an assembly featuring the Snow players, recognition of longtime and soon-to-be-retiring librarian Leslie Madsen and a reading of the Readasaurus Birthday proclamation by Dr. Chris Larsen, a local veterinarian.
The Readasaurus serves as somewhat of a mascot to the college, and his birthday is marked with a read-a-thon each year.
Snow College head coach Tyler Hughes said that the birthday is fun for the players and the students, but the daily interaction the team has in the school is where the real work takes place.
“This is kind of our celebration,” said Hughes. “Every day we have players here working with small groups on reading and tutoring. They encourage reading and have a great time interacting with the students.”
Players also signed autographs and interacted with the students.
PHOTOS BY GREG DART/COURTESY SNOW COLLEGE
Principal Lynn Willardson speaks to students and introduces Snow College football players at an assembly Friday at Ephraim Elementary School as part of the Readasaurus Birthday celebration.
Snow College quarterback Chrisitan Stewart speaks to students at an assembly Friday at Ephraim Elementary School as part of the Readasaurus Birthday celebration.
Snow College quarterback Craig Harrison reads “The Cow that Went Oink” to a second-grade class Friday at Ephraim Elementary School as part of the Readasaurus Birthday celebration.