HARRISONBURG, Va. (Feb. 21, 2011) - More than 20 JMU student-athletes (W. Basketball, Field Hockey, Football , Lacrosse, M/W Soccer and Volleyball) gave 30 minutes of their time throughout the day on Friday to volunteer at Skyline Middle School of Harrisonburg, Va.
As volunteers, JMU student-athletes participated as readers for the middle school's event "African-American Read In Day". "African-American Read In Day" is an event to contribute to the celebrations of Black History Month. The JMU student-athletes read literature written by African-Americans to the students of Skyline Middle School (ages 10-14, 5th-8th grade). The readings were then followed up with a short discussion that was also facilitated by JMU student-athletes. Some readings included "Alone" by Maya Angelou, "Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress Toward" by Gwendolyn Brooks, "As I Grew Older" by Langston Hughes and "In the Depths of Solitude" by Tupac Shakur.