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On Wednesday, Dyldam Parramatta Eels players Mitch Allgood, David Gower and Joseph Paulo joined 35 students from grades 3-6 for the Australian Library and Information Association’s annual National Simultaneous Storytime.

Reading from Ursula Dubosarsky’s Too Many Elephants in this House, the Eels trio and the students from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Parramatta, were among 410,000 people taking part in the initiative, making it the biggest simultaneous storytime since its inception in 2000.

Head of Eels Educate, Melanie Crinion, said the students who took part in her classroom at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium all benefited from the engagement from the three Parramatta forwards.

“It was great to see Mitch, Dave and Joseph so enthusiastically involved in reading,” Crinion said. 

“They did a great job in engaging the students in the story.”

“The session was really well received by the students and they enjoyed having the Parramatta Eels players read to them and share in their excitement for reading.”

Click through to see a gallery from the day!