Tanner White remembers being awestruck when Midland Valley High athletes came to Gloverville Elementary when he was a student. The visits had an impact on him and now as Midland Valley’s quarterback, the high school junior visited Gloverville on Friday morning and received the same reaction from current students.
“Have you ever scored a touchdown?” one student asked.
“Have you ever kicked a field goal?” another inquired.
The questions put a smile on White’s face.
“This brings back so many memories,” he said.
White and about 30 other Midland Valley athletes visited the elementary students, opening car doors and slapping high fives as students started their day.
“It’s something to watch those little guys shake hands with these big football players,” Gloverville principal Dr. Mendi Tucker said.
The athletes read to students and answered questions ranging from sports to personal. The high school has built a strong relationship with Gloverville for a number of years. Throughout the school year, the high school provides year-round mentors and reading buddies.
“If they make a real connection, we’ll have the student come back,” Tucker said.
The athletes presented T-shirts and gifts to students in the 7 Leadership Habits group, made up of students selected every month to represent a different habit from The 7 Habits of Effective People and Happy Kids. Midland Valley also recently donated $1,000 to the school’s Feed a Kid program, which Tucker said provides meals for needy students on the weekends.