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‘Invest time in the kids of today’

Members of the Randolph-Henry High School baseball team visited Bacon District Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to provide mentorship to some of the boys who attend there that are part of a group called the Bowtie Boys Club.

The club is organized by Katie Martin, who is a teacher at Bacon Elementary and runs the after-school program. She explained the club’s nature and purpose.

“We are a club through the 21st Century grant at Bacon District,” she said. “My club focuses on character traits and specifically that of young boys.”

Statesmen Varsity Baseball Head Coach Josh Barmoy said that while at Bacon Elementary, each of his players in attendance “expressed what they were thankful for and taught a young man how to tie a proper tie, after which players participated in a few physical activities that included tag games.”

Martin said, “We are grateful for speakers who come to talk to our club, like Coach Barmoy.”

Barmoy noted being impressed with the young men at Bacon Elementary.

“As soon as we entered the gym, they all came over and looked us in the eye and introduced themselves, and this is a credit to Katie Martin,” he said. “We are thankful for the opportunity to come and just spend some time with these boys. I think our guys did a great job of making this opportunity personal to each participant as they held detailed conversations in a one-on-one setting while teaching how to tie a proper tie.”

In addition to Barmoy, the other members of the Randolph-Henry baseball program participating at Bacon Elementary included Winfield Layne, Noah Walker, Carson Gibbs, Jett Algeier, Matthew Harding, Dalton Lockridge and Andru Lee.

“We plan on continuing this partnership with Bacon to invest time in the kids of today,” Barmoy said.