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Ragin Cajuns read to Elementary Schools


RaginCajuns University of Louisiana student-athletes from all sports recently participated in a bus tour to promote literacy and give back to their former elementary schools last week.

While riding on the Ragin’ Cajuns-wrapped Calco bus, student-athletes visited elementary schools in the Acadiana area and read Jady Regard’s book Born to Be a Ragin’ Cajunto the elementary school students.

The athletes visited the following schools: St. Bernard Elementary, Carencro Catholic Elementary, Carencro Heights Elementary, Westminster Christian Academy, St. Michael Elementary, North Crowley Elementary, South Crowley Elementary, Ridge Elementary, Cecil Picard/Maurice Elementary, Mount Carmel Elementary, Sugarland Elementary School, Magnolia Elementary, and Pesson Elementary.

The student-athletes received praise from the schools they visited.

"I just wanted to thank the UL athletes who visited our school.  The students were star struck," said Meg Cornell, a second grade teacher at Carencro Heights Elementary.  "The students really enjoyed having the athletes read to them.  Also, the teachers really appreciated the athletes taking the time out of their day to show the kids that people in the community really do care about them."

The event helped teach children the value of reading as well as allowed players to give back to the community that supports them.

"It was a great experience," said Joey Wynn, a senior track and field athlete that took part in the tour.  "I’m not sure who enjoyed it more-the athletes or the kids.  While at St. Bernard Elementary School, I even learned how to dance to a song called ‘Going on a Bear Hunt.’"

"I cannot thank you enough for the posters and the autographed helmet from the softball team," Mrs. Cornell said.  "The second graders feel very special having the basketball schedules displayed in their classrooms, especially since those schedules were given to us by real UL athletes.  We look forward to seeing more Ragin’ Cajuns real soon."

"I can’t wait to do it again," said Wynn.  "It was so much fun!"

Student-athletes will be visiting elementary schools in the city of Lafayette in the spring semester.

If you would like more information or have any questions, call the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Compliance Office at (337) 482-5195.

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