"Are there any Boilermakers in the house?" Students at Hershey Elementary School cheered loudly as Purdue football player David Blough spoke at the Reading Super Bowl kickoff. The quarterback was among dozens of Purdue athletes who took part in the one-day convocation that promotes reading. Students erupted in cheers when it was announced Hershey has already scored more than 27,000 reading points this school year. The points are earned after students read a book and pass Accelerated Reading quizzes.
In one classroom, Blough had students laughing with the story If You Give a Moose a Muffiin. He told students that he would not be where he is today, playing football at Purdue, if it wasn't for reading. Softball, track, basketball, swimming and diving athletes also came throughout the day to read with students.