Bruton's Books hopes to turn page on illiteracy

KUSA- Once upon a time, David Bruton spent a lot of time in front of the class.

"I just wanted to do something that made a difference outside of sports," said the Broncos safety.

A former substitute teacher, Bruton saw a need. A need that has him back in school.

"We have a huge demographic here in Colorado and a huge epidemic in terms of reading illiteracy, especially around K-3rd grade so I wanted to tackle that," Bruton told 9NEWS.

David and his foundation, Bruton's Books, are giving young kids a chance to keep up their reading over the summer. Bruton's Books partnered with Mile High United Way and Reading Corps for this literacy effort. They brought hundreds of books to students in low income schools on Tuesday.

"To get books in the hands of kids right now is the perfect opportunity because most of our students don't have the opportunity to read over the summer because they don't have books at their house," said Kenton Elementary school principal Heather Woodward.

"Instead of having that brain drain throughout the summer we want to make that (to be) a brain gain and have them be stronger readers by the time the school year starts next year," said Bruton.

He wants to turn the page on illiteracy and is making sure students get a summer's worth of adventures, scares and smiles.

"A lot of guys have football camps and things along those lines," said Bruton. "I wanted to do something that is more academically based."

This is just the first chapter of Bruton's Books. He is starting with four schools.

When it comes to the kid's excuses for not reading, Bruton is saying: the end.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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