NFL Players Encourage Students to Read

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Teachers and students are reading across America and here in Leon County.

"We are doing all we can to let the students know reading is a fun thing to do. It's one of the foundations of learning. It's one of those things that helps you get to where you want to go in life," said Misty Cash with the Leon County School District.

In commemoration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday, Pineview Elementary is bringing in role models: professional football players.

"With the players coming in, we're hoping to give them some motivation, enthusiasm to get them busy reading," said an energetic Pineview Elementary Principal Marilyn Jackson-Rahming.

Lawrence Timmons of Florida State, Paul Irons of the Cleveland Browns and Javon Walker of the Green Bay Packers were telling these students about "oh, the places you'll go" if reading is part of their lives.

"It's a great experience for the kids to see professional athletes who some might look up to do the things they want to do," said Greenbay Packers wide receiver Javon Walker.

David Worrell, who is the Leon Classroom Teachers Association president, said Read Across America was established nine years ago to show kids reading can be fun.

"The whole focus is on reading, learning to read, enjoying to read, needing to read."