UMA Students Participate in PISD’s Love of Reading Program

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PLAINVIEW — Nick Quintero is used to reading defenses. On Wednesday, however, the Wayland Baptist University quarterback was reading something completely different against an unknown opponent. Quintero joined a group of 16 students from Wayland who participated in Plainview ISD’s Love of Reading program and read to students at Highland Elementary.

Facilitated by PISD’s Family Engagement Specialist, Clarissa Huron, the program is designed to help families and community members engage with local schools.

Although Quintero’s role took about as long as a two-minute attack, he said it was a little nerve-wracking.


“These little kids are more intimidating than linebackers in my opinion,” Quintero said. “They have a lot more opinions… All of their opinions mean more to me than linebackers.”

Quintero majored in social studies from grades 7-12, and with his football days officially behind him, he decided to tackle his career aspirations by volunteering with the Love of Reading program.

“I have a lot of free time since I’m done with football,” he said. “I might as well devote my time to my next career and develop those skills.”

Dr Sarah Hartman, dean of the Don Williams School of Education at Wayland, said reading to elementary school students is a great opportunity for UMA students to gain hands-on experience.

“In some of my classes, my students practice reading to each other because it’s a bit intimidating when they think about reading out loud,” Hartman said. “Introducing them to reading to students before they enter their own classroom is a great opportunity.”

Huron provided children’s books based on Valentine’s Day themes.

“We have books that express kindness, love and friendship among students,” she said.

Wayland students read books in 17 classrooms with 17-20 students in each room.

Huron thanked the Wayland students for their participation. She said this was the second Love of Reading event and if anyone in the community is interested in volunteering, she will be planning events at other elementary schools in Plainview throughout February.

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