Beamer donates $50k to reading programs

Ask just about anyone in college football and they'll tell you Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is one of the good guys in the business. Here's yet another example of why:

Herma's Readers, the Virginia literacy foundation founded by Beamer, and First Book, the national nonprofit that provides new books to kids in need, announced a new partnership on Friday that will provide 32,000 new books to kids from low-income families across Virginia.

On Friday, while he was reading at Roanoke's Cave Spring Elementary School for Read Across America Day, Beamer announced that he has donated an additional $50,000 to reading programs across the state.

"The research is there, and it's clear," Beamer said in a prepared statement. "If we get students passionate about reading at a young age, it benefits everyone. Research shows that children who are actively reading by the third grade are more likely to be on the right track to graduate."

Beamer founded Herma's Readers in 2008 to promote reading. The foundation was named in honor of his mother, Herma Beamer, a lifelong educator with Virginia public schools.