Lakers Dedicate New School Library

Florence Avenue Elementary School students were very excited on Wednesday, September 28th for the Grand Opening of their library. Partnering with The Wonder of Reading, the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation contributed $35,000 to build a new school library to accommodate Florence Avenue's growing student population of more than 1,000 children.

The morning started off with a wonderful opening ceremony, featuring many guest speakers, including Chris Mihm and a Laker Girl, who shared their excitement about the opening of the school library and their love of reading. The festivities also included a fantastic performance of, “Our Lives, Our Books: Nuestras Vidas, Nuestros Libros” by the fourth and fifth graders followed by a song,“You Raise Me Up,” sung by some of the third graders.

After the presentation, everyone followed a path of students holding their favorite books from the gym to the new library. With the help of invited guests, Florence Avenue Principal Glynn Thompson cut the ribbon to unveil the new room. Once the library was officially open, twenty student council members enjoyed the library’s reading corner with Chris and the Laker Girls.

The mission of the NBA’s Read to Achieve program is to build a lifelong love of reading in young people, promote the value of reading and online literacy, and encourage families and adults to read regularly with young children. The Lakers strive to accomplish this goal by building reading and learning centers, conducting Reading Time-Outs, organizing an annual reading challenge, and holding book drives on game nights.