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Cocky's Reading Express and USC's First Lady Partner for Family Night

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Books were given out to children in attendance. Books were given out to children in attendance.
Cocky played games with students while parents learned new recipes to cook. Cocky played games with students while parents learned new recipes to cook.

By: Amanda Bishop

University of South Carolina First Lady Patricia Pastides partnered with Cocky's Reading Expresss to host the annual Family Night, promoting healthy lifestyles. The night was full of games, books and even vegetables.

The children were busy playing games with Cocky while Pastides showed parents healthy dishes they could prepare for their families.

Parents learned to cook a penne pasta dish as well as sauteed green beans. Pastides said that these were her children's favorites so she thought they would be a good choice for the night.

Pastides also gave out copies of her Greek Revival, Cooking for Life cookbook, which is full of 87 easy to make healthy recipes.

Cocky's Reading Express is a collaboration between Student Government and the School of Library and Information Science.The group takes USC students along with Cocky to read to students all over the state, leaving them books to remember the visit. 

To date, 68,507 books have been handed out by Cocky's Reading Express including the ones from Family Night.

"The best part is seeing the reactions on the kids faces, whether it's when Cocky comes out or when we give them the book or when they want to show us the sticker that has Cocky on it". Cocky's Reading Express Volunteer Rachel Price

Pastides and volunteers know the night was a success, whether the children are now eating healthier or reading more.

The groups next big event is a Read In at the State House on April 10.

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