Cavaliers Paint a Brighter Future for Local Youth

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Reading and Learning Center

To celebrate the grand opening of the newest Cavaliers Reading and Learning Center, Cavs players Wayne Ellington, Kevin Jones, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Assistant Coach Paul Pressey and Assistant Coach Joe Prunty had the honor of cutting the ribbon at St. Thomas Aquinas school Saturday afternoon.

This is the 12th Reading and Learning Center the team has funded and constructed since 2004. The Center is a component of the Cavaliers Read to Achieve program, which is designed to help young people develop a lifelong love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly with children.

“We recognize the importance of schools being an environment in which students are set up for success,” said Cavs President of Business Operations Kerry Bubolz. “St. Thomas Aquinas participates in all of the Cavaliers education and recreational programs, and we are proud to enrich the learning space for these young students as they embark on their educational journey.”

The Cavs, with support from Sherwin-Williams and Wayside Furniture, proud partners of the Cavaliers, transformed a former St. Thomas Aquinas classroom into a brand new library! The room will now provide students in kindergarten through 5th grade an opportunity to advance their education with a better environment for required testing.

After a brief press conference and ceremonial ribbon cutting, the children and guests had a chance to interact and explore in the new space, completely renovated with a 40-inch Smart TV, custom-made desks, bookshelves, tables and chairs, as well as a collection of educational games, more than 300 books and five (5) new iPads. Giving the room a true Cavs feel, the walls were painted with authentic Cavaliers Wine & Gold and custom Fathead wall graphics.

The creation of Reading & Learning Centers, in association with Sherwin-Williams, allows qualified non-profit organizations with the opportunity to improve the condition of its current facility as well as to improve the quality of its literacy and educational programming. Previous Reading & Learning Centers have been constructed at the following community-based organizations: St. Martin de Porres Family Center (Cleveland), Project: LEARN of Summit County (Akron), the Drew Gooden Reading & Learning Center at East End Neighborhood House (Cleveland), E. Prep Academy (Cleveland), the Eric Snow Reading & Learning Center at the Ed “Peel” Coleman Recreation Center (Canton), the Boys & Girls Club-West Side Club (Cleveland), Douglas McArthur Girls Leadership Academy (Cleveland), Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy (Cleveland), AJ Rickoff School (Cleveland), Nordson Boys & Girls Club (Elyria) and West Side Ecumenical Ministries (Cleveland).

Read to Achieve, presented by Time Warner Cable in association with Castaway Bay, is a year-round campaign designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading and encourage adults to read regularly with children. The program reaches thousands of elementary, middle and high school students in Northeast Ohio through reading time-outs, book drives and donations and the construction of Reading & Learning Centers.