QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) received a grant from the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia to support Racquets for Reading for 70 of the 105 preschoolers at Clearview Early Learning Center in Martinsville.
This is the second year the Community Foundation has stepped up for Clearview with a grant from its Community Impact Fund.
Lynda Harrill, QCV Founder, said, “We are so grateful for the continued support from the Community Foundation and happy that Clearview’s enrollment is getting back to normal levels. Last year there were only 80 kids. This year we’ll get to reach 105. Principal Sheilah Williams and her staff have been doing a great job during COVID to keep their students on track. We’re pleased to be able to provide books and FUN giveaways for the latest crop of preschoolers and future tennis players.”
Sheilah Williams, principal, said, “The gift of books was awesome. Students were able to enjoy them in class and keep them to add to their home libraries. It was so rewarding hearing the students pretend to read the stories, identify letters, colors, and they recognized several words from the text. The books are a continuous gift to our students, and we are so appreciative for the partnership with QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia.”
City Schools Superintendent Dr. Zeb Talley said, “We are pleased to work with the Foundation and its effort to support student learning. Reading is a life essential skill.”
QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia is an all-volunteer, grassroots Community Tennis Association established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to promote, develop and grow QuickStart Tennis in the heart of Virginia for all beginners, especially underserved youth, using the kid-sized QuickStart Tennis format. QCV’s service area includes, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Franklin, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Powhatan and Rappahannock counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Danville, and Martinsville, plus under a special arrangement, King George County. We currently serve 213 schools with 99,000 kids, 15 parks & recreation departments, three Boys & Girls Clubs and two YMCAs, in 31 Virginia counties and independent cities. We have also gotten tennis into PE classes in 37 additional schools with 16,000 students in Virginia communities outside our service area.