Frank Beamer makes donation to Radford area elementary school reading program

Donation from Herma's Readers will go to McHarg Elementary's Book Buddies.

RADFORD, Va. – Tiny Virginia Tech fans are getting a reading lesson from Tech's legendary former coach Frank Beamer. Beamer stopped by McHarg Elementary to announce a nearly $2,000 donation from his organization, Herma's Readers. Herma was Frank's mother and an elementary school teacher.

"To see that we've got something named after her to encourage reading throughout the state of Virginia, she would be very honored and very proud," said Frank Beamer.

The donation from Herma's Readers will go to McHarg Elementary's Book Buddies program. It's a reading tutoring program, assisted by Radford University students.

"I hope they take away one of coach Beamer's messages he left us with: Books are inspiration. In the hands of a child, who knows where that imagination will go?" said Michael Brown, principal of McHarg Elementary.

A couple of the kids in the classroom had a special connection to coach Beamer, a parent that spent time on his sideline. Grant Keister's dad Ken was part of the Tech team in the early 2000s.

"It was really good. I liked it. You always need to read," said Grant Keister, a McHarg Elementary student. 

"That's refreshing. It brings you back down and you realize these people are going to be the future of our country and I think we're in good hands," said Beamer.

Frank Beamer is off the sidelines, but still coaching kids in his own way.