Several Glasgow High School football players returned to their roots Monday afternoon to donate magazine subscriptions and promote literacy at Brader Elementary School.
The team raised nearly $2,000 for the school by soliciting donations from relatives, friends and other community members.
“I’m trying to get my guys to understand they need to give back to the community,” Glasgow head coach Michael Richardson said.
Many of the players spent their early years at Brader, which is in Glasgow’s feeder pattern and located just a mile away from the high school.
“It’s good for them to come back and help out where they started,” Richardson said.
The players visited the school Monday to present the donation and talk to several classes of Brader students who gathered in the school’s cafeteria. The players discussed their favorite books and took questions from the students.
Richardson reminded the students to pay attention to their studies.
“You have to exercise your minds as well as your bodies,” he said.
Brader Principal Jeanette Ganc said the magazines will be distributed to each classroom, with others going to the school library.
“It was so heartwarming,” Ganc said. “It feels really good that they gave back.”
She added that she is working on establishing a mentoring program in which Glasgow students would come to Brader once a week to work with the students.
Dyan Kaufmann, Brader’s reading specialist, said the donation will help advance the school’s recent literacy initiatives. Brader is also raising money for a school-wide book program, in which all 560 students will receive a copy of the same book to read with their parents.