Black River Local School District is teaming up with the Second and Seven Foundation to help promote literacy to second-grade students.
On Friday, Sept. 20, senior athletes from Black River High School volunteered to read to second-graders at Black River Elementary. Through the help of the Foundation, the second-grade students were able to keep the book that was read to them.
“It took a lot of planning, meetings, emails and phone calls to pull this event off, but in the end, seeing how happy the second-graders were to take their books home with them, it was all worth it,” said Tyler Dennis, physical education teacher and boys track coach at Black River Middle School and varsity football coach at Black River High School. “The second-graders thought it was so cool to have the high schoolers read to them and the high school students thought it was hilarious that the second-graders wanted them to autograph their books. It was really a great day for everyone involved!”
Another Second and Seven Foundation event will take place in the upcoming months with the winter high school athletes. The volunteer athletes will return to the elementary school to read to second-graders again. The date is not yet scheduled.
“The high school athletes did a great job communicating and reading to our second-grade students,” said Becky Luth, principal at Black River Elementary School. “I am so thankful to Coach Dennis for working so diligently to bring the Foundation to our school. I am also grateful to the athletes who took time out of their day to give back. The look on my students’ faces will not be forgotten. We look forward to round two this winter!”
In 1999, the Second and Seven Foundation was formed by three former Ohio State Buckeye football players, Ryan Miller, Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel. As student-athletes, they volunteered in various community outreach programs and decided to continue to make a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio. The mission of the Foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. The Foundation has donated more 400,000 books since its inception.