McHarg wins grant from Herma’s Readers

Children listening to Coach Beamer

McHarg Elementary School’s Book Buddies program won a grant from Herma’s Readers, Frank Beamer’s organization to promote literacy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The group is named in honor of Beamer’s mother, who was a teacher.

Coach Beamer reading

McHarg’s Book Buddies program is funded by Radford City Schools as a tutoring program for first graders. They train student interns from Radford University to work one on one with first graders.

Because the school won the grant (more than $1700), The former Virginia Tech Football coach came to read to the students.

He read to a group of 45 students and the 17 interns in McHarg’s “Tinker Tank,” but all students at McHarg were able to experience his visit through a green screen live broadcast.

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