NIC President Joe Dunlap, left, and NIC Head Wrestling Coach Pat Whitcomb read to a group of first-graders at Fernan Elementary School Tuesday after 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 11,000 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.