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Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker on Tuesday kicked off his campaign to improve literacy rates in youth by visiting the Wheatley Education Campus in Washington, D.C.
“Swaggy” visited the Wheatley Education Campus in Northeast, D.C. to talk to 98 fourth and fifth grade students about being literate.
“My foundation, The Chris Baker Foundation, has met up with Wheatley School and we’re helping out with their literacy and financial literacy,” he said.
Upon his arrival, Baker gave a brief speech motivating children to learn to read and write and also endorsed the financial literacy theme of the event.
He provided encouraging words to the wide-eyed boys and girls regarding the importance of being literate.
Afterwards, he took questions from the children much like he usually would during an open locker room session at Redskins Park. However, this time Baker didn’t feel quite as much pressure.
“I think it’s a lot easier to answer their questions,” he said. “But they are a lot more direct than the media sometimes. They say what’s on their mind.”
The Chris Baker 92 Foundation teamed up with an education technology company to bring a computer program to campus that educates children on financial matters while also teaching them to read and write.
“We set that up to help the kids with their financial literacy and literacy,” Baker said. “They’re able to do different programs that the teachers can monitor through the computer.”
Baker believes the program will give them freedom to study at school or at home, and will be a tool that teachers can utilize to help their students reach higher scores.
“It’s something they can do here [or] at home,” Baker said. “They can take it home to have their parents help them out with their education programs. It’s something to help them reach their scores in reading and writing.”
For Baker, this was just the first step in a long literacy campaign that his foundation is a part of.
In December, the literacy program will be implemented in Windsor, Conn., and The Chris Baker 92 Foundation Reading Challenge will take place in January of next year.
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