NBA star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha have ramped up efforts in empowering youths through education by donating thousands of books to schools in Oakland, California, People reported.
The couple, who co-founded the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, are sharing literary joy to underserved students in schools around Oakland, California.
“We along with our entire team at Eat. Learn. Play. understand the importance of early childhood education, especially when it comes to literacy,” Stephen and Ayesha tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
“Nothing is more basic, more essential, more foundational, or more important to a child’s success in life than the ability to read well. We know there is a lot of work to be done, but with partners like Literati, we’re hopeful that we will be able to make an impact on these children’s lives.”
The donations will come in boxes each containing six books, five children’s books and one adult book Stephen’s “Underrated” book club selection, People report.
In addition to giving away 1,000 boxes of books during their recent Christmas with the Currys event, the couple’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and Literati will be donating boxes to the students who are learning remotely amid the ongoing pandemic, with 14,000 boxes going directly to Oakland Unified Schools before Christmas.
The remainder of the donation, which was also made possible through Bay Area investor Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, will be distributed through community partners in the new year.
The initiative has been hailed as a welcome development, as studies show only 18.6 percent of Black students who are a part of the Oakland Unified School District are reading on their grade level.
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