PUC athletes advance literacy in Hammond grade schools through R-Dub Club

While our Peregrines women’s and men’s basketball players performed to the best of their abilities on the court this season, these student-athletes also are reaching out impressively into the classrooms of three Hammond elementary schools to advance literacy.

Women’s basketball student-athletes Quinci Eller of Bringhurst (from left), Alex Starr of Plymouth and Madison Gervais of Mishawaka read, discussed and engaged with fifth graders at Hammond’s Morton Elementary School during the Jan. 20 R-Dub Club visit.
Women’s basketball student-athletes Quinci Eller of Bringhurst (from left), Alex Starr of Plymouth and Madison Gervais of Mishawaka read, discussed and engaged with fifth graders at Hammond’s Morton Elementary School during the Jan. 20 R-Dub Club visit.

Women’s squad members visited fourth and fifth grade classes at Maywood, Morton and Harding Schools Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 as part of our R-Dub Club partnership with the School City of Hammond. Men’s players will visit March 23 and April 20.

During each 45-minute visit of the R-Dub Club—(“R” for reading and “Dub,” short for the letter W representing writing)—one of our student-athletes introduces a grade level-appropriate novel. He/she does so by reading the first two chapters as the elementary students following along via loaned copies provided by the university.

Another PUC student-athlete then engages the younger students in a Q&A discussion of what was read. During the final component of each visit, the younger students interview our student-athletes for a writing assignment of their teacher’s choosing.

Each classroom of students finishes reading their book in time for the next R-Dub Club visit, when a different novel is introduced.

Wait ’til next season

Speaking of basketball, our men’s and women’s squads have completed their 2011-12 seasons. Following are the final Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and overall season records.

CCAC II – Women

School CCAC Record Overall Record
Cardinal Stritch 11-1 26-6
Purdue Calumet 10-2 23-10
Trinity International 6-6 11-17
Judson 5-7 14-17
Holy Cross 4-8 10-22
Calumet College of SJ 3-9 6-24
Trinity Christian 3-9 6-25

 

CCAC II – Men

School CCAC Record Overall Record
Cardinal Stritch 14-0 28-5
Calumet College of SJ 10-4 17-13
Holy Cross 7-7 14-17
Judson 7-7 10-21
Trinity Christian 6-8 11-20
Purdue Calumet 5-9 9-21
Purdue North Central 4-10 5-25
Trinity International 3-11 4-26