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THE BARINGS BOOK BUS & HUGO'S VIRTUAL VISITS

The Barings Book Bus is a full-service literacy bus and program that inspires elementary students ages 5 through 11 to develop a love for reading. During the 2020-21 virtual learning school year:

  • Hugo the Hornet and the Barings Book Bus Crew will host Virtual Visits via Zoom for elementary schools in Charlotte and surrounding areas.
  • Hugo and our Book Bus Crew will interact virtually with students to emphasize the importance of literacy and motivate students to read every day.
  • Each Virtual Visit will include an appearance from Hugo and a motivational reading video that will last up to 30 minutes.
  • Each school that signs up for the virtual call is allowed to invite up to 500 students to the call.
  • Due to health restrictions and safety precautions, book donations to participating schools are currently suspended until further notice.

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PICK & READ PROGRAM

The Charlotte Hornets Pick & Read program will serve as a virtual literacy resource for elementary schools. Hugo and the Hornets MC will host a series of Zoom webinars with eight Black authors/illustrators of children's books, as well as one of Indian descent, whose books feature subject matter around social justice or racial equality and/or highlight children of color.

  • Nine Zoom webinars to occur once per month through the school year
    • October through June
    • Exact dates and times TBD
  • Webinar sessions will last approximately 30-45 minutes
  • Schools or educational organizations can apply to attend
  • Up to 500 participants can register to attend per session
  • The Hornets will collaborate with publishers and local bookstores to donate 100 books from the featured author/illustrator to student participants via random drawing
    • Books will be delivered to the winning school/participants for distribution

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BOOK DRIVE

The Charlotte Hornets host a virtual book drive to benefit Promising Pages Books on Break, a free program designed to provide books for children from underserved area schools to enjoy when school is out of session.

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TECHNOLOGY LAB MAKEOVER

The Charlotte Hornets Foundation presented Winding Springs Elementary with a Technology Lab Makeover funded by a $25,000 Education Grant. Winding Springs Elementary is a Title 1 school serving over 700 students who access the technology lab daily. This makeover provided 30 new laptops and mice, 30 new desks and chairs, along with a new table and laptop cart. The Charlotte Hornets are committed to promoting equal opportunity in the classroom.

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HORNETS EDUCATION GRANTS: FREE LIBRARY INSTALLATION

Charlotte Hornets Foundation installed 18 libraries across Charlotte in an effort to promote & increase accessibility to literature. The Charlotte Hornets Foundation presented Mecklenburg Park & Recreation with a $10,000 check to assist with upkeep of the libraries

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