Program helps prepare athletes for ACT

WARREN — Saying the practice helps them know what to focus on and prepare for when taking the ACT college entrance test, Warren G. Harding High School football players spend one hour each Saturday morning practicing for the ACT in the school media center.

Students also meet for one hour Monday to Friday in the high school cafeteria for the study table program.

Virginia Holmes of the Warren Gridiron Club said the students will meet each Saturday through May to participate in the online video program made possible by a $27,000 Cleveland Browns Foundation education grant from Paul and Beverly Warfield. Holmes said the grant allowed the club to purchase the $23,000 program and materials.

Holmes said the grant money helped cover costs for district teachers to be instructors at the study tables and ACT prep initiative. She said former principal Danny Smith also is helping with the effort.

She said the football players are viewing the video and materials and seeing what to focus on for the ACT test.

“What is nice about the video program is they can log on a computer anywhere and practice. We encourage them to utilize this as much as possible,” Holmes said.

High school juniors Isaiah Cayson and Tyree Truley said they are learning how to prepare for the ACT test, which students can take three times for free.

Head football coach Steve Arnold said the more than 50 students spend time learning and then do workout in the gymnasium.

“I think it is great that students can take that hour each Saturday to train for the test. That is their total focus for an hour,” Arnold said. “We have teachers who are in our building who are familiar with the student athletes and are working with them.”

The Warren City School District has a similar program offered to other students.