Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and his wife Kathleen collaborated with Scholastic books to launch off the reading program “Tigers Read.” The couple met with six first graders on Clemson’s campus Friday who will be granted with a set of 10 books from Scholastic, the funding for Tigers Read is coming from the Swinney’s foundation, “All In Team.”
Kathleen Swinney, who was a former grade school teacher, has clearly rubbed off on Dabo for some positive results.
“This is a part of the mission of the foundation, to promote critical issues,” Swinney said according to the HeraldOnline. “My wife and I are passionate about education. Reading is always going to be one of the most critical tools for students success and confidence. We believe this is a good way to make it fun for them.”
Kathleen read If You Give A Dog A Donut to the group of young students while Coach Swinney munched and handed out donuts for the kids to enjoy.
The program is partnered between Swinney’s “All In Team” foundation, the South Carolina Department of Education, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University’s Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina and Scholastic, Inc.
The program is centered around helping students to develop a habit of reading and maintain their reading skills over the summer months.
“Literacy is the key to your education and we want to promote reading, especially with young people in this state,” Swinney said according to Greenvilleonline.com
Along with the six students the Swinneys met another 294 students on Friday through the program will receive the set of 10 books from Scholastic, Inc.
Swinney dipped into his favorite list of books and shared that he enjoys The Energy Bus, Training Camp and The Carpenter, by John Gordon. He also mentioned the Bible and The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann.
“You’ve got to be able to read,” Swinney said. “The only way you’re going to be good at something is to do it. I just think the earlier you can ingrain that, the better chance they have of being successful and getting the tools they need to be successful.”