Elementary Gets Special Visit

by Erika Brooks on January 17, 2013 at 6:23 am

A new organization at West Muskingum schools brought in some big talent to teach the importance of literacy to students.

New York Giants center and former Buckeye Jimmy Cordle read to Falls Elementary second graders as part of the new Friends of the Library Foundation. The event was the first for the foundation that’s run by parents of West Muskingum students to raise funds for the school’s libraries.

"He’s here to quick off our foundation fund. The children brought in quarters for Cordle and that money will start us out along with some donations that we’ve already received from other organizations," said Stephanie Winland of the Friends of the Library Foundation.

Cordle, whose parents were both teachers, has a long history of working with schools teaching literacy to students. On behalf of his foundation, Cordle Cares, he made a pledge to students.

"If one student read at least 10 books from this library, then my foundation would donate $200 to Friends of the Library to improve the situation here at West Muskingum Schools," said Cordle.

After reading at Falls Elementary, Cordle continued on to Hopewell Elementary to read to students there as well.