RICHMOND, Va. – VCU seniors Marle and Flore van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) are used to turning heads on the field hockey turf. But recently, the van Dessels had a chance to turn pages for students at Lakeside Middle School.
Marle and Flore visited with Brian Delcorso's third grade class as guest mystery readers. Delcorso's class had been studying Holland and thought VCU's Dutch twins would be the perfect choice. In honor of Holland, the class wore orange t-shirts.
Flore read to the class about the little Dutch boy who saved Holland from a flood by plugging a hole in a dike with his finger, while Marle read a portrayal of Holland during World War II.
VCU Head Coach Kelly McQuade made the trip as well and was impressed by the class' enthusiasm.
"This was a great experience for not only Marle and Flore, but for myself as well," McQuade said. "Mr. Delcorso created a terrific atmosphere for us. His class had been practicing their Dutch vocabulary and welcomed us with a sea of 'oranje' shirts and Dutch flags. Marle and Flore really looked like they enjoyed reading their books, as well as interacting with the class. Whether it was translating a funny sentence or answering questions about The Netherlands, the kids really enjoyed the experience."