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DDE Kicks Off Reading Challenge with Help from LHS Football Players

Thursday, September 24, 2015 -

ddefootballassembly034Liverpool High School Varsity Football Coach Dave Mancuso and 25 members of this year’s football team stopped by Donlin Drive Elementary on September 23 to participate in a school-wide assembly.

The football players spoke to students about having the “attitude of a champion” which includes eating well, exercising, practicing hard, doing their best in school, and demonstrating good character.

Mancuso said he often reminds his players that what they do when no one is looking is an important part of being good citizens.

“Character is what it is all about,” he added.

The LHS seniors also helped DDE students kick off the school’s new reading challenge called “Dare to be a Reading Warrior.”

Each week leading up to a Liverpool varsity football game, DDE students will be asked to read as much as they can while rooting their hometown team to victory.

Qualifying reading materials include a short book, 15 pages in a chapter book, a magazine or newspaper article, or anything else that the students might enjoy reading. For every reading certificate turned in by students, the Liverpool team will earn one yard on a special progress board decorated like a football field. When they reach 100 yards, Liverpool scores a touchdown. If the students don’t read enough to reach 100 yards, that week’s opponent earns the touchdown.

“The more we read the stronger we will be,” said DDE Principal Heather Silvia.

The challenge will last the rest of this football season.

During last year’s reading challenge, DDE students read more that 14,700 qualifying reading materials.

The DDE community will continue their celebration by creating their own cheering section at the Liverpool vs. Central Square football game on September 25.

PHOTO: Liverpool Varsity Football Coach Dave Mancuso, holding the microphone, asks Donlin Drive Elementary second-grader Alexis Mathers to select which LHS football player should get the ball during the first offensive play against Central Square on September 25 – LHS senior Rashon Crenshaw, left, senior Jaydakis Scott or senior Dietrick Roberson. Mather selected Roberson. Looking on in the back are LHS senior Mohammed Abdelaziz, left, and DDE Principal Heather Silvia.

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