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A really big Texan rallies students to read 20 books in next four months

A really big Texan rallies students to read 20 books in next 4 months

Houston Texans Duane Brown reads to kids for United Way November 2013
Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown shares his passion for books with students from Spring Shadows Elementary and Buffalo Creek Elementary by reading A Turkey for Thanksgiving at the second annual “Readers Do Something About It” reading rally. Photo by Craig Hartley

More than 700 students from five Spring Branch ISD and Houston ISD schools joined Team Brown — Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown, that is —  in the reading celebration, "Readers Do Something About It," sponsored by United Way of Greater Houston.

At the rally, held at Reliant Center Tuesday, Brown urged students to read 20 books by March 2014 and coached them how to log in their successes in a "Reading Playbook." Every child in attendance took home at least four books as part of the initiative. Brown also asked adult volunteers to pledge to read to or tutor or mentor a child.

The "Readers Do Something About It" extravaganza also included a book drive, children's activities and an action-packed program to spread the word about the importance of reading and education.

Brown is one of 40 NFL players across the United States teaming up with the United Way to ensure children's academic successes. To learn more about Team Brown and take the pledge, visit "Join Team Brown."

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