BIDWELL — River Valley Middle School promoted literacy among families with special guest speaker Roy Hall on Thursday evening.
Students and their families were invited to the school for an evening together enjoying crafts, games, and food. The night was themed after The Ohio State University Buckeyes, as Hall was a former Buckeye football player.
“This former Ohio State National Champion and four year NFL wide receiver is no longer making plays on the gridiron, but has leveraged his platform to inspire and motivate other people across the country to stay driven and never give up,” said David Holliday, English teacher at RVMS.
Hall spoke to students through Skype on the big screen about how literacy has helped shape who he is, but it was not without some jokes about the University of Michigan.
“What’s the difference between Michigan football and Fruit Loops?” asked Hall. “One belongs in a bowl and the other doesn’t.”
While his athletic career was ended by a knee injury, Hall has worked to inspire those around him and give back to the community. The Driven Foundation, which he founded, raises money and donates food to the homeless, and makes it possible for Hall to do public speaking to motivate others.
“I am able to give you those jokes because I read them. I did some research and learned them,” said Hall. “If i didn’t have the discipline to be able to get on Google and look up something I was interested in, I wouldn’t be able to make all those little cheeks smile.”
Reading helps Hall do what he does today with the foundation.
“Reading is so important to you establishing your strengths and you being able to conduct yourself,” stated Hall.
Literacy Night at RVMS is coordinated by Librarian Lisa Richie and English teacher David Holliday.
“Tonight is really focused on getting the community into the school because as a school we not only affect our students, we want to affect the families,” said Holliday. “This helps us because we can draw in different content that people wouldn’t normally think would be related to literacy and explain to them how literacy plays a role in that.”
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.