NBA Star Russell Westbrook Opens 9th Reading Room


After the successful launch of five reading rooms in Oklahoma City and an additional three reading rooms in Los Angeles last year, Russell Westbrook continues inspiring children to read in 2016.

In addition to cutting the ribbon on the 9th Russell’s Reading Room, the Why Not? Foundation and Scholastic hosted a book fair at Spencer Elementary School. Russell Westbrook presented Principal Sandy Jackson with a check covering the costs for every student to take a book home from the fair.

In an effort to expand its literary initiative, the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, in partnership with Scholastic, sponsors school-wide book fairs at every school that receives a reading room and makes sure every child goes home with a book. Russell’s Reading Rooms encourage education and reading in a safe learning environment and by bringing book fairs to schools the Why Not? Foundation is helping children build their own personal libraries and develop a lifelong love for independent reading.

“This is our 9th Russell’s Reading Room and it is exciting each and every time,” said Westbrook. “The pride and joy you see in each kid when you help them pick out a book and tell them they get to take it home and keep it is something I will never get tired of seeing.” Westbrook has always stressed the importance of education and creating a safe learning environment, and through the continuation of the Russell’s Reading Room initiative he remains committed to providing a nurturing space for children to develop their reading skills at school and at home.

Source: Look to the Stars

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