WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Area elementary students are learning about the importance of reading from college students.
The annual Purdue Mortar Board Reading is Leading program focuses on helping kids make reading a habit.
College students read to more than 100 kids from Miller and Mintonye elementaries at the Purdue Memorial Union this morning.
Purdue athletes, ROTC members and others students encouraged taking time for books. Miller Elementary teacher Jennie Bowers says the Purdue students give kids a new perspective.
"They're excited. You can tell by their faces. They're smiling. Some of them are reading themselves to the students," said Miller Elementary School Teacher, Jennie Bowers.
Event Chair Vanida Chanthaphone says the reading volunteers are leading by example, "seeing that one day they could be here at Purdue learning the same thing and seeing that these students also did read when they were little."
Bowers says after students return to school after this field trip they are energized and more enthusiastic in the classroom.