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'Reading is Leading' inspiring children at Purdue

A Purdue event is inspiring children to love reading.

Posted: Nov 2, 2018 12:24 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.(WLFI) — A Purdue event is inspiring children to love reading.

Reading is Leading took place at the Purdue Memorial Union Friday. Nearly 200 kids from Mintonye Elementary visited for a fun filled morning of literacy.

Part of the event included Purdue celebrities reading to students.

"It's pretty cool that you get to listen to Purdue students read," said first grader Dakota Rice.

There were also games and activities centered around the importance of reading.

"The hopscotch was fun, and the book seems good," said first grader Elyse Childress.

Reading is Leading Chairperson, Kayden Habron, said the event leaves a lasting impression.

"It completely changes some of the students attitudes towards reading," said Habron. "After this event, they're excited. They're constantly trying to read and become better readers."

The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board hosted the event.

Purdue celebrities included university athletes, a 500 festival princess and Miss Hoosier Heartland.

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