Read Across Humble is a program started by Humble High School Head Football Coach Charles West. This mentoring program is made up of off-season Humble High School student athletes who have displayed outstanding academics throughout the year.
This group includes football, volleyball and basketball players. The student athletes travel to read and speak to elementary students in the district. Each spring semester, the program will visit one elementary school.
This year, they were able to visit with students at Humble Elementary. West decided to bring this program to Humble to create a chance — for the younger students in the district who look up to athletes — to understand that the student athletes in their community are not just athletes but students first.
Elementary students are not the only ones Read Across Humble benefits. This program also benefits the student athletes. If students are planning on graduating and being a part of an athletic team on the college level, or even the professional level, they will have to participate in many speaking engagements.
The program also gives the athletes the chance to give back to their community with service.
West looks forward to the future of Read Across Humble. He said he hopes to see this program expand across the district and that other programs will also want to get involved.