Boston University and Barnes & Noble Team Up for the Third Annual “First Reader” Program

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | devenea@bu.edu

Boston, Mass. — Boston University athletes kick-off the holiday season with visits to area elementary schools and children’s hospitals this Wednesday, December 12 through December 14, 2001 to promote literacy as part of the Boston University and Barnes & Noble “First Reader” Program. Sixty-six students have volunteered to participate in the third year of the program, which reaches 500 second graders in the Allston and Brighton areas.

The Boston University mascot, Rhett the Terrier, will accompany athletes from men’s and women’s soccer and crew, women’s basketball and softball, wrestling, and field hockey team as they read holiday stories and distribute gifts to the children. Boston University, in a partnership with Barnes & Noble, provides first reader chapter books to each child and teacher to read in the classroom. Over the three days, students will visit Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Winship Elementary, Baldwin Elementary, Franciscan Children’s Hospital, Gardner Elementary, St. Anthony’s Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, St. Columbkille’s Elementary, Our Lady of Presentation Elementary and Garfield Elementary School.

For additional information, call Joe Walsh, Boston University director of community relations or Kristy Kemper, Boston University sports promotions coordinator, at 617/353-2078.

Event: Boston University and Barnes & Noble “First Reader” Program

Date: Wednesday, December 12 – Friday, December 14, 2001 Schedule: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

10:30 – Horace Mann School for the Deaf, 500 Cambridge Street, Allston

1:00 – Winship Elementary, 54 Dighton Street, Brighton Our Lady of Presentation Elementary 634 Washington Street, Brighton

2:15 – Baldwin Elementary, 121 Corey Road, Brighton Thursday, December 13, 2001

10:00 – Franciscan Children’s Hospital, 30 Warren Street, Brighton

11:30 – Gardner Elementary, 30 Athol Street, Allston Street, Columbkille’s Elementary, 25 Arlington Street, Brighton

12:45 – St. Anthony’s Elementary, 57 Holton Street, Allston Friday, December 14, 2001

9:30 – Hamilton Elementary, 198 Strathmore Road, Brighton

1:15 – Garfield Elementary, 95 Beechcroft Street, Brighton

Information: Joe Walsh, Boston University director of community relations or Kristy Kemper, Boston University sports promotions coordinator, at 617/353-2078