1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

Betty Fairfax HS Press Release

April 19, 2018


Athletics Office Fairfax High School

April 16, 2018


Seven years ago a group of elite football players at Fairfax High School, with Head Coach Kevin Belcher, initiated a reading and book donation program for local elementary schools.  These Fairfax student-athletes chose to serve the community by visiting the Laveen/Phoenix elementary schools to read to and give each second grader a book to bring home. The enthusiasm of everyone involved forged an annual event called Tackling Literacy.

To expand the effort, sponsorship was secured from The Ohio State University’s Second and Seven Foundation.  Coaches Luke Fickle and Mike Vrabel, established the Foundation to publish original storybooks that engage and encourage young readers.  The Foundation has been a generous sponsor, donating enough books for Fairfax High School student-athletes to give books to each of the second graders in the local elementary schools.

In 2015 the event changed.  As an Assistant Principal (Athletic Administrator) at Fairfax High School, Mr. Belcher now engages volunteers from all extracurricular athletic programs as well as leaders from the Captains Council.  For 2018, these exemplary Fairfax student leaders dedicated two days in to read and distribute books to 28 second grade classes! As in prior years, the high school and elementary students are excited and truly enjoy the event.  

We are proud of the Fairfax students who represent our community with the spirit of the Stampede!!