Four Monmouth University football players visited Maple Place Middle School and Wolf Hill Elementary School in Oceanport last week to read to fifth grade students.
Fifth grade teacher Steve Kirchner said his students were "extremely excited to learn that college football players would be spending time with them in their classes."
"It really helps inspire the students to want to succeed," Kirchner said.
One of the players, Terrance Scanlon, said that although he does plan to pursue and career in education, he knows the importance of children doing well at all levels of school.
“I understand how important it is for kids to do well in school," Scanlon said. "I hope my visit will have a positive impact on the students.”
The players who visited were Scanlon, Bob Davies, Dom Esposito and Brandon Suk.
Fifth grade student Nick Poulos said he would not forget the players' visit anytime soon.
"Having football players come to our classes was really cool," Poulos said. "I can’t wait to go college someday too.”