Reading is FUNdamental, as the old saying goes

Students at Bettie Weaver Elementary School were reminded of that Tuesday morning, when former Washington Redskins linebacker and Chesterfield County native Dion Foxx said that the ability to read can affect student success in every class they ever take.

The 600 or so Bettie Weaver Elementary students were reminded of the fun part of fundamental as well, as the school celebrated winning Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Redskins Read annual summer reading challenge during a surprise assembly.

Foxx, a Meadowbrook High School graduate who played for the Redskins in the 1990s, was on hand to make the announcement along with a local high school drum line and school division leaders. Serving as a cheerleader first and a motivator second, Foxx stressed the importance of reading and critical thinking as skills that would prepare students for future success.

School division Chief Academic Officer Donna Dalton thanked Foxx, describing him as an example for others of what can happen when you set high goals and work hard.

Thirty-eight elementary schools participated in the summer reading program.  In all, Chesterfield County elementary students read approximately 3.5 million minutes during the summer.

Also recognized Tuesday during the assembly was Rebecca Baculis, a fifth-grade student at Bettie Weaver Elementary who read 14,659 minutes this summer. She was the top reader for the school.

Dion Foxx celebrating with the kids at Bettie Weaver elementary. Dion Foxx celebrating with the kids at Bettie Weaver elementary.