NIC wrestlers give 13,000th book


Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer, left and NIC Head Wrestling Coach Pat Whitcomb, in the back, read to a group of Sorensen Magnate School students Thursday before giving each student a book. The only requirement is the students are asked to read it to someone.

The NIC wrestling team has distributed more than 13,000 books to elementary students through the Shirley Parker Reading program, which was established in 2002 in partnership with Parker Toyota. The program was named in honor of Doug Parker’s late wife, Shirley, who was a big supporter of both reading and wrestling. The program puts at least one book in the hands of every first-grader in Coeur d’Alene School District each year.


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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014

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