Boston University News Release

13th December, 2007

Boston University Athletes Present Local Elementary School Students with the Holiday Gift of Reading

Boston - For the 10th consecutive year, Boston University student athletes are reaching out to area elementary schools to provide first and second-graders with the holiday gift of reading. Through this program, 285 student athletes are reading to 1,000 children in the Allston, Brighton, Chinatown and the South End on December 13 and 14.

The Boston University Business Affairs Office and Barnes and Noble at BU have made it possible for the children to keep the books they are read as holiday gifts from the University, along with pencils and bookmarks. In addition, the teachers are all receiving copies of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening” to share with their students. Further, each classroom will receive a stuffed animal in the likeness of Rhett the BU Terrier. The real live Rhett will also join the holiday celebrations posing for pictures and signing autographs for the children.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research and the fourth largest independent university in the United States. With more than 30,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges, BU is a NCAA Division I school, with 24 varsity sports, many of which are nationally ranked.

For further information on the BU athletes’ visits to local elementary schools, contact Joseph Wash at 617-353-2078 or

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