Columbia, SC (WLTX) A few elementary students got a chance to see the words from a book come to life Wednesday--all with a little help from Cocky.
Over the past four years, incoming University of South Carolina freshman have teamed up with a program to read to children.
As part of the program, the children got the chance to have fun by acting out scenes from books with USC's mascot.
"The kids were really excited. they were happy to see Cocky. they were excited to see him engaged with the way the stories were being read," said Christine Shelek.
Page by page, the kids acted out animated scenes from a book. Cocky queued them on when it was time to jump in the ocean, fight pirates, or fly in the sky. Using their imagination, they listened to stories read to them, one after the other.
Shelek said, "I think deep down they enjoy it also hearing the story. everyone loves being read to, no matter what age you are."
One little Gamecock told WLTX that the volunteers picked out the books and that reading with Cocky put fun in fundamental.
"A couple of them they read some funny books and then we took pictures with Cocky. And I had a fun time" said, elementary student Harrison Carven.
John Michael Williams is just learning his way around campus, and says that he wanted to share his time with the kids to show them how to read and develop a passion for it.
"Just seeing their faces and how they were responding to the questions and how they sang along to some of the pages in the book, it was a really great experience" said Williams.
After the last story was read, each child was given a new book from Cocky to add to their collection at home.