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Each year, Coastal Carolina University student-athletes read to kindergartners across Horry County to teach them a cycle of caring.  The hope is the program shows the children the importance of giving to others.

The 2017 Caring for Kindergartners event will be held on February 8th!

In 2016, Coastal Carolina University athletes read to 95 Horry County kindergarten classes in 20 schools on February 9.

The athletes read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to the students.  The book is about a tree that gives everything it has to a man throughout their The-Giving-Tree-rotatedlifetimes.

The kindergartners see the CCU athletes giving to them and then pay it forward.

Following the reading, the children decorate cards to be delivered to shut-ins, mostly the elderly.  The United Way of Horry County puts a card in each bag it delivers to the homebound in its May Day bags on May 1.

The athletes also walk away with a sense of reward.

“Through this program, the kindergartners and the college athletes have a memorable experience of learning from each other and “giving back” together.  The impact of their morning will reach even further when the notes they write spread joy and hope to our elderly neighbors this spring,” said United Way of Horry County President Genie Sherard.

“The Department of Athletics is pleased to continue a long standing partnership with the United Way of Horry County by assisting with the Caring for Kindergartners initiative.  Engaging the youth of Horry County through an educational experience has provided a positive experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said Associate Athletic Director Cari Rosiek.