(Above: Pacific women's soccer's Alexis Vilarino shows off the book that she
read to students as part of the annual Rotary Read-In.)
For the 15th consecutive year, members of the Pacific Athletics family took part in the annual Rotary Read-In on Thursday, Feb. 21, which is an annual day of volunteering to read to students in the Stockton area from kindergarten up to third grade.
About 20 student-athletes, coaches and members of the athletic department, including Director of Athletics Janet Lucas, visited elementary schools in the Stockton area as participants in the massive Stockton community initiative. Members of Pacific's men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, softball, volleyball and Tiger Dancers were all represented.
"Participating in the Stockton Rotary Read-In and seeing the wonder and joy in those young people's faces was an absolute gift," Lucas said. "Early childhood literacy is so important for student success and it helps them understand that they can achieve their dreams. I am delighted that Pacific Athletics was part of this special community program again."
Pacific joined forces with hundreds of volunteers and multiple organizations including mayor Michael Tubbs, the Stockton Police Department, the Stockton Kings, the United Way, and others to visit a total of 68 schools and 847 classrooms in the Stockton area. Members of the Tiger Athletics community read to students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Don Riggio School and Marshall Elementary School.
This is the 28th year that five Stockton Rotary Clubs have put together the annual Read-In and it is the 15th year that Pacific Athletics has had the pleasure of pitching in a helping hand. Along with getting into classrooms for one-on-one time with students, more than 1,000 books were donated to schools across the Stockton area as part of the day.
The Rotary Read-In began in 1991 as a humble day that included just the Stockton Unified School District and has grown to encompass the majority of the schools in the Stockton area in 2019 with dozens of organizations and hundreds of volunteers joining in.
Rotary International was founded in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris and its main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.