Withrow helps ‘Make a Difference’ during the AUM reading program

Posted 11/14/15

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Small children and tall athletes both benefited from Auburn University at Montgomery’s recent “Reading Makes a Lifelong Difference” program, part of AUM’s celebration …

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Withrow helps ‘Make a Difference’ during the AUM reading program

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Small children and tall athletes both benefited from Auburn University at Montgomery’s recent “Reading Makes a Lifelong Difference” program, part of AUM’s celebration of national Make a Difference Day.

Among the student-athletes from the Alabama school was Kaylan Withrow of Cleveland.

At the Molina Learning Center in Montgomery on Oct. 24, AUM recognized the achievements of newly published young writers, and AUM’s women’s basketball coaches and players, including Withrow, read with the children and helped them select books for their home libraries.

The youths enjoyed sharing their love of reading with the players, and the athletes were thankful for the opportunity to spend time with the young writers.

“I was very impressed with the skill level these children had at such a young age,” said Withrow, a junior basketball player majoring in physical education. “As an education major, I personally loved this event. I love seeing kids excited to learn. I was thankful that my team and I could participate in this event and encourage the children.”

Withrow and her teammates also took part in a publication party with about 50 children and adults who celebrated the release of the eighth volume of The Young Writers of the Molina Center.

Children at the center composed the narratives during weekly writing workshops throughout the past year, sharing stories about their lives and personal struggles, as well as writing about favorite holidays and future aspirations, or dreams.

AUM’s Make a Difference Day program has earned national recognition. In fact, USA Weekend and the late actor Paul Newman recognized the reading program in 2004 as one of the top 10 programs for the national Make A Difference Day.

Auburn University at Montgomery is ranked among the South’s top universities by U.S. News and World Report and was named one of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review.

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