|Mike Woolfolk speaks to Ms. Squirewell's fifth-grade class at|
Carver-Lyon Elementary School in Columbia.
"This was a great chance to spend time with young students at a very impressionable point in their lives," Woolfolk said. "Reading is so important to their overall success."
In the book, Tony's little brother, Linden, is a third grader who is having a bad day at school. Linden is the youngest of the Dungy family and the least motivated because he hasn't found "it." In a family where everyone seems to have found their special talent, all Linden knows is that he wants to make people happy.
With encouragement from his parents, a helping hand from his older brother Tony, and inspiration from God, Linden learns that if he dreams big and has faith, he can do anything!
"I chose the book from a basket in the media center because of the message Coach Dungy is sending with the story," said Woolfolk, a former television news anchor. "Hard work and faith can take you a long way toward achieving dreams, even while facing difficult challenges."
|Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin|
speaks to male students at
Carver-Lyon Elementary School.
Among the men also participating in the Reading Blitz were Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Richland One Schools Superintendent Percy Mack, Richland One trustees Jamie Devine and Aaron Bishop, former Richland One trustee Dr. Jasper Salmond, local businessman Rudy Cunningham, motivational speaker and former All-America basketball player Roscoe C. Wilson, Jr. and several education students from Benedict College.
|The Men of Carver-Lyon Elementary School|
following the All-Male Reading Blitz event.