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Houston Texans’ Wade Smith, Matt Schaub, Owen Daniels, Rapper Paul Wall And More Spend Their Day-Off Leading Through Reading
For the fifth time this year, the Houston Texans’ starting Left Guard, Wade Smith, will bring together his teammates and celebrity friends for a morning of children’s reading. On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Smith, along with Texans’ Quarterback Matt Schaub, Tight End Owen Daniels, Defensive End Antonio Smith, Tackle Ryan Harris, Nose Tackle Shaun Cody, and Tackle Derek Newton, will join Houston rapper/actor, Paul Wall and almost a dozen University of Houston students at both Alcott and Bastian Elementary Schools for a morning of reading with students, in an effort to promote literacy and education. Staff from nearby Johnson Public Library will also be on hand again to complete library card registrations on-site.
Players and volunteers will address 3rd through 6th grade students in an assembly setting and then break into individual classrooms to read with kindergarten through second graders at each campus. Players will sign autographs and take pictures with the students immediately following reading; however, both school events are private, closed campus functions and the public will not be allowed to attend.
“The Wade Smith Foundation’s goal through the ‘Reading With the Pros Program’ is to promote a love for literacy at an early age and to expose students to professionals and role models to inspire them to make the right choices,” states Smith, who’s vision for Reading With the Pros began in April 2012 in Dallas with 3 elementary schools and has expanded to include several Houston Public Library appearances. Previous celebrity attendees have included Ben Tate, Antoine Caldwell, Duane Brown, Earl Mitchell, TJ Yates, and Chris Myers of the Houston Texans, Lawrence Vickers of the Dallas Cowboys, Herb Taylor of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shelley Smith of the St. Louis Rams, Sherrick McMannis of the Chicago Bears, international professional basketball player, Marcus Sloan, and Dallas radio personality, DJ Kayotik of 97.9 The Beat.
Alcott Elementary is located at 5859 Bellfort Street, Houston, TX 77033. Bastian is located at 5051 Bellfort Avenue, Houston, TX 77033. Media and press must request credentials and campus access ahead of time to attend.
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