2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
Source(s): National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, U.S. Census Bureau

Blog Archive: October, 2018


October 29, 2018

Columbus, OH, October 19, 2018 - Erin Gyurke has dedicated many years to The Ohio State University Buckeyes’ Cross Country and Track Team and is our student-athlete of the week. As a fifth-year early childhood education major, Erin truly shines in the classroom as a frequent student-athlete reader in our central Ohio program. She says, “2nd & 7 has shown me that I am more than just my sport. I have a position that can be utilized to help motivate and encourage others. The most impactful part for me as an athlete is getting the opportunity to discuss the different dreams of the second-grade students. They talk with such excitement and passion for jobs ranging from professional athletes to bounty hunters, to bakery owners.” However, the impact is mutual; her conversations with the students leave her feeling determined to tackle her next challenge, whether that be a race or an exam.

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October 23, 2018

Congratulations to Emily Parslow, our Student-Athlete of the Week! Emily is a senior on the Sage College Women’s Basketball team, in Albany, NY. She is a physical education major and has been involved with The 2nd & 7 Foundation outreach for two years. Emily shares, “My favorite part about the Chompers’ Reading program and 2nd & 7 is being able to go into elementary schools and work with young students. We get to read a book to the students and do some sort of craft with them which is always a blast! They really enjoy having us there which makes everything 10x better.”

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October 16, 2018

Collin Maynard, a sophomore at Franklin Heights High School in Columbus, is our student-athlete of the week. In addition to being a two year starter on the football team, he also participates in wrestling. Collin has volunteered with the 2nd & 7 outreach for two years. His coach states that “Collin is a role model for the students in our community and exemplifies what it means to be a leader. He currently holds a 4.24 GPA with a schedule that includes mostly accelerated and advanced placement classes”.

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October 09, 2018

Dean Danflous is a senior and varsity football player at New Albany High School in Ohio. He was introduced to many current and former student-athlete positive role models when, at the age of eight, he attended the first of many of our summer football camps. We are proud that Dean embodies the importance of paying it forward as he and his team now partner with The 2nd & 7 Foundation by reading to students in the New Albany Early Learning Center. Dean also donates his time and effort to the Special Olympics, Relay for Life, the Honor Ride and the New Albany Walking Classic. He is also a member of Alive! Student Ministry.

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