Bucks and Sam's Hope Partner with First Book to "Snuggle Up and Read" at Urban Day School

Bucks staff, including General Manager John Hammond, will read to 200 children as part of the Bucks Community Caravan

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On Tuesday, July 19, Bucks General Manager John Hammond and members of the Milwaukee Bucks staff, and mascot Air Bango, will team up with Sam’s Hope in partnership with First Book at Urban Day School (3782 N. 12th Street, Milwaukee) for the Summer “Snuggle Up and Read” event. Hammond, television voice of the Bucks Jim Paschke, along with Bucks Vice President of Business Operations, John Steinmiller, will be at Urban Day School from 1:00-2:30 p.m. reading to 200 children from age three-8th grade. 

The Urban Day School students will also receive 1,100 brand new books, courtesy of First Book, Random House Children’s Book Publishing, New Threads of Hope and K.I.D.S. First Book is distributing 100,000 books to schools and programs serving children in need in the Milwaukee area this week, and the Bucks and Sam’s Hope received a portion of those books to distribute to the children that they serve.

First Book has distributed more than 80 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and the elevating the quality of education.

A UWM chartered school, the mission of Urban Day School is to provide students pre-K through 8th grade with an educational experience that emphasizes academic excellence and academic achievement, preparing students to successfully transition to higher education and become value-creating leaders in society. Founded in 1967 as a neighborhood school, Urban Day was Milwaukee’s first private, non-sectarian community school. Urban Day School continues to emphasize the value of each parent’s voice in his or her child’s education. Urban Day School grew into a vibrant learning community, serving students at two central city campuses (12th & Atkinson and 24th & Vliet Street).

The mission of the Milwaukee Bucks collaboration with Sam’s Hope is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people, to promote the value of reading and online literacy, and to encourage families and adults to read regularly with children.

Sam’s Hope was founded by three local teenagers and continues to be staffed by high school and college student volunteers. The Bucks 2010-11 season marked the 13th anniversary of the Milwaukee Bucks’ partnership with Sam’s Hope Literacy Foundation.