More than 200 third-graders visited the Marquette University campus on Tuesday, March 17th for the Milwaukee Bucks/Sam’s Hope Slam Dunk for Literacy, a program promoting reading to children from Milwaukee’s Lloyd Street School, Auer Avenue School, Hartford Avenue University School and Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning.
Sam’s Hope was founded by three teenagers and continues to be staffed by high school and college volunteers, including students from Marquette’s College of Education this year.
In keeping with this year’s geography theme, the children toured the Marquette campus, visiting Raynor Library, Helfaer Theatre, St. Joan of Arc Chapel and AMU. Activities included a geography-themed Jeopardy! game, coloring cut-outs of states and more.
Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle and Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks’ mascot, also visited with the children.
“We are excited that Marquette has this opportunity to help children deepen their love of reading,” said Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, associate dean of Marquette’s College of Education. “Supporting literacy is an important component of our mission to be the difference for children, our schools, our community and our world.”