Humphries and HMH Host Reading Event

BOSTON – Holiday cheer filled the Four Season Hotel Thursday afternoon in Boston as third-graders from the John F. Kennedy School joined Boston Celtics forward Kris Humphries and Boston-based educational leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) for a winter-themed reading event.

With a scenic view of the Boston Common in the background, the youth settled down to listen as Humphries, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at HMH Bianca Olson and Celtics mascot Lucky introduced Tacky, the HMH star portrayed in the story, Tacky and the Winter Games.

The book encompassed the true value of teamwork, which the children embraced as they took turns reading aloud and giving high-fives to congratulate each other on a job well done.

Giggles erupted amongst the group as the guest readers illustrated the silly training methods of the penguins from Team Nice Icy Land.

“While the book had a humorous tone, it is vital that children at a young age learn that reading is a priority and will lead to a wide range of opportunities down the road,” said Humphries.

Festivities continued as students participated in an arts and crafts activity designing their very own penguin thermometers. Humphries provided assistance while claiming, “Art provides an escape for children to be creative.”

As the children marveled over their new creations, Lucky began to pass out cookies and hot chocolate for the youth to enjoy.

“Today’s activities offered a wonderful opportunity to promote literacy and celebrate the love of reading in a fun and festive way for kids,” said Olson. “We believe in the power of reading to inspire curiosity and create lifelong learners and we’re thrilled to partner with the Celtics to share that vision with young people throughout our home city of Boston.”

Just as the event was winding down, Humphries invited the overjoyed youth to join him downstairs in the lobby to take a group photo in front of the well-renowned teddy bear tree. As the children’s smiles were captured, Humphries reminded the youth to “continue to enjoy reading and have a fun holiday season!”

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