Wolves Honor Rock Star Supply Co.


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The Rock Star Supply Co. dedicates its time each week toward helping kids of all ages get prepared for their schoolwork. Through tutoring programs, study halls and writing workshops, the Rock Star Supply Co. focuses its effort on making sure students have as much time as they need to learn outside the classroom.

On Sunday at Target Center as the Wolves took on the Raptors, they were honored for their efforts.

The Timberwolves’ FastBreak Foundation recognizes organizations around the area throughout March as part of Read To Achieve Month. During each home game in March, the Wolves will honor an organization that provides exemplary efforts toward helping students gain a love and appreciation for reading and learning.

Ariel Sehr and Meghan Pipe represented Rock Star Supply Co. at Target Center on Sunday, and they each received autograph team prints presented by Timberwolves Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Ryan Tanke at center court during the second quarter.

Sehr said she found out about the event last week and couldn’t wait to ask the organization’s volunteers if they wanted to come to see the game. It’s a great way for them to say Thank You, she said.

Rock Star Supply Co., a non-profit, community partner with the St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools, offers a range of programs for kids ages 6-18 free of charge. They have an afterschool program that ranges from “one-on-one” to “one-on-some.” They pride themselves on modeling positive learning behaviors. According to their website, they give students the support they need to set homework goals, complete assignments and develop a life-long love of learning.

The opportunity to come to Target Center and get recognized at a Wolves game offers the organization additional exposure for their cause. Sehr and Pipe said they were appreciative of that.

It’s really wonderful,” Sehr said. “We’re always trying to get the word out about all our volunteers and all our volunteer opportunities. We’re always open to more students—we never say no to students. It’s really wonderful to get the message out.”

Pipe said the organization either has programs where the students come to them or the volunteers go out into the community. The next two weekends they are partnering with the YMCA for a college writing workshop. Their writing workshops offer kids a chance to come together and focus on their writing strength in a fun environment.

“It’s just an opportunity for them to express themselves, have fun and see writing as a way to tell their stories and feel empowered,” Pipe said.

Pipe said getting to spend an evening at a Timberwolves game was a great way to spread their message as well as enjoy an evening of NBA basketball.

“To be able to partner with an organization that has such a wide reach, too,” Pipe said. “In both ways, to get volunteers to get the word out is just about the opportunity for kids in the Twin Cities, and also for kids that might be at the game that want to come to Rock Star, too. So, I think in a couple different ways it’s great to have a bigger platform to talk about what we do.”

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