January 12, 2012
by Calum McKinney
SALISBURY — School officials’ first hint to Prince Street Elementary’s packed auditorium was just a color: “purple.”
But before they could even get to the second hint — “black” — students had already guessed the name of a special visitor who will come to their school Feb. 10: Michael Oher. Known to many as an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Prince Street Elementary students and staff have also gotten to know a different side to the athlete through his book, “I Beat the Odds.”
Partially captured in the 2009 movie “The Blind Side,” Oher’s book tells his story of struggling through foster care and homelessness to a successful career in the NFL. Part of a schoolwide reading and study project that ran from September to December, the book was taught on different levels to every grade at the school.
“Because of what he went through with his family, I learned anyone can do anything in life,” said fifth-grader Zion Rivera.
One of two students selected to help make the announcement Monday, Rivera was joined by fellow fifth-grader Skylar Jones, who said the book emphasized how important it was to love your family.