Children in classrooms without literature collections read 50% less than children in classrooms with such collections.
Source(s): International Reading Association


April 19, 2022

Congratulations to Olivia Upchurch, our featured student-athlete volunteer! Olivia plays lacrosse and field hockey for Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. She has been an active 2nd & 7 volunteer for 4 years.


Olivia has attended in-person visits and has also participated in virtual visits with neighboring elementary schools through our literacy outreach. She is committed to our mission and shares, “I love how excited the students get to sit down with their snack and listen to us read every month. Last month a student related how his brother vacuumed up his hamster to the lesson in the Hog Mollies book.” She enjoys talking with the elementary students and expresses that the students are so funny and eager to share whatever is on their minds. Moreover, Olivia states, “During my time volunteering with 2nd & 7, I have learned that even small gestures can make big differences. When I was a child, I thought high schoolers were so cool and I looked up to them. By setting a good example or explaining why the lesson in the back of the Hog Mollies book is important, these children will listen to us and hopefully implement the lesson into their lives to grow up to become great individuals.”


Olivia is an amazing role model for young readers and we are proud to have her in our 2nd  & 7 huddle. We know that Olivia will continue to make a difference and wish her the best as she heads off to college next school year!