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VT quarterback visits Snowville

It’s pretty rare to see a tall, athletic football player reading to a room full of young, enthusiastic elementary school students.
That’s why the students, teachers and faculty at Snowville Elementary School were so excited about Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon’s visit to their school on Tuesday morning, during which he read to the students.
Glennon’s visit to the school was made possible by a new program called “Herma’s Readers,” which was created by Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and his siblings, as a tribute to their mother, Herma Beamer, who was a teacher for more than 30 years.
Herma’s Readers is a “collaborative effort designed to support “The Power of Reading” throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The primary goal of Herma’s Readers is to actively encourage and promote literacy in elementary school children,” according to the website at www.hermasreaders.com.
To participate, an essay written by a student on why a Herma’s Readers representative should visit their school had to be submitted by a school administrator.
In the case of Snowville Elementary School, Principal Janis Carter said she asked students to submit essays. From among those that were submitted, an essay written by fifth grade student Moriah Hinton was chosen and sent in.
Carter said she received word last week that their school had been selected to receive a visit from Glennon, a Herma’s Readers representative.
In Hinton’s essay, she not only gave reasons for why a representative should visit their school, and mentioned the fact that they celebrate a “Hokie Pride Day,” but she also talked about what Snowville Elementary does to promote reading, Carter said.
During Glennon’s highly anticipated visit on Tuesday, he read two books to the students at Snowville, including “Hello, Hokie Bird!” and “Hooray for Fly Guy.”
He also gave students an opportunity to ask questions.
One student asked how many touchdowns he has made. Glennon responded that throughout his career, he has made 31 touchdowns.
Another asked how long he has been playing football.
He said he’s been playing since he was 10 years old, so he’s been playing for close to 14 years.
One of the teachers asked what his major is at Virginia Tech.
Glennon responded that he has a double major in finance and marketing.
Another student asked if he eventually played for the NFL, for which team would he want to play.
Glennon responded that he would definitely want to play for the Dallas Cowboys, which drew cheers and applause from the students.
Before he left, Glennon autographed several t-shirts, footballs, and even an arm or two.
He also reminded the students that “we’ve got a big game this weekend, so make sure you cheer us on!”
Tech plays U.Va. this weekend at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.

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VT quarterback visits Snowville

It’s pretty rare to see a tall, athletic football player reading to a room full of young, enthusiastic elementary school students.
That’s why the students, teachers and faculty at Snowville Elementary School were so excited about Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon’s visit to their school on Tuesday morning, during which he read to the students.
Glennon’s visit to the school was made possible by a new program called “Herma’s Readers,” which was created by Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and his siblings, as a tribute to their mother, Herma Beamer, who was a teacher for more than 30 years.
Herma’s Readers is a “collaborative effort designed to support “The Power of Reading” throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The primary goal of Herma’s Readers is to actively encourage and promote literacy in elementary school children,” according to the website at www.hermasreaders.com.
To participate, an essay written by a student on why a Herma’s Readers representative should visit their school had to be submitted by a school administrator.
In the case of Snowville Elementary School, Principal Janis Carter said she asked students to submit essays. From among those that were submitted, an essay written by fifth grade student Moriah Hinton was chosen and sent in.
Carter said she received word last week that their school had been selected to receive a visit from Glennon, a Herma’s Readers representative.
In Hinton’s essay, she not only gave reasons for why a representative should visit their school, and mentioned the fact that they celebrate a “Hokie Pride Day,” but she also talked about what Snowville Elementary does to promote reading, Carter said.
During Glennon’s highly anticipated visit on Tuesday, he read two books to the students at Snowville, including “Hello, Hokie Bird!” and “Hooray for Fly Guy.”
He also gave students an opportunity to ask questions.
One student asked how many touchdowns he has made. Glennon responded that throughout his career, he has made 31 touchdowns.
Another asked how long he has been playing football.
He said he’s been playing since he was 10 years old, so he’s been playing for close to 14 years.
One of the teachers asked what his major is at Virginia Tech.
Glennon responded that he has a double major in finance and marketing.
Another student asked if he eventually played for the NFL, for which team would he want to play.
Glennon responded that he would definitely want to play for the Dallas Cowboys, which drew cheers and applause from the students.
Before he left, Glennon autographed several t-shirts, footballs, and even an arm or two.
He also reminded the students that “we’ve got a big game this weekend, so make sure you cheer us on!”
Tech plays U.Va. this weekend at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.

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