Warriors Guard Ian Clark Joins Ross Stores for a Read To Achieve Rally at Rosa Parks Elementary School
On Tuesday, January 26, Warriors guard Ian Clark and assistant coach Jarron Collins joined Ross Stores and Reading Partners, a non-profit literacy program, for a Read to Achieve reading rally at Rosa Parks Elementary School in San Francisco. Clark and Collins spent time with the school’s 300 after-school program participants to get them excited about learning and understanding the importance of reading every day.
“If you stay confident and find something that you love to learn more about, you will become an excellent reader and a solid learner over time,” said Clark. “I’m positive I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if I didn’t follow the same path to get better in the classroom every day.”
After a greeting from Rosa Parks Elementary Principal Paul Jacobsen, Warriors Hype Man Franco Finn welcomed the students to the day’s Reading Rally and asked the students to give a Warriors Ground-style welcome to Clark and Collins. Finn then held a Q&A with Clark, asking him about his favorite books growing up and how reading has been a lifelong passion for the 24-year-old Memphis native.
“It is important for all of you to learn at a young age to read, make good grades and be intellectually curious,” said Clark.
Finn also asked Collins about his career as a player and assistant coach on the 2015 NBA Champion Warriors team, and the role that reading has served in his success. Collins also addressed how invaluable reading both for school and for fun can contribute to success.
“I never could have graduated from a wonderful university like Stanford, played in the NBA for ten seasons and been a part of a great NBA team like the Warriors without being an avid reader who constantly wants to learn more about my craft,” said Collins. “Having Ross Stores and Reading Partners motivate these young students to keep reading books and learn every day will set them on a path to success.”
Clark and Collins then read aloud to the students from classic children’s books, selecting Reading Partners students to join them on stage and read a page from “Curious George” and “Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed.” Afterwards, Finn asked the students questions about each book to win special prizes.
“Partnering with the Warriors for today’s Reading Rally, sponsored by Ross Dress for Less, brings excitement and energy for literacy in today’s youth,” said Ross Stores Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Director Leslie Oestreicher. “Both Ross and the Warriors believe in the importance of creating a brighter future for today’s youth, and reading is such an important part of education.”
Afterwards, Clark and Collins led the students through the Read to Achieve pledge, each promising to read every day and learn about new and interesting topics. Each student in attendance also received a new book to enjoy at home and with their family, courtesy of Ross Stores.
“Thanks to the Warriors and Ross Stores, the students learned today about the power of reading and how fun and engaging it can be,” said Principal Jacobsen. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to mix the excitement and interest in our local sports team with our school’s messages on the importance of literacy.”
This is the 12th season the Warriors and Ross Stores have partnered for Read to Achieve to highlight to youth the importance of reading, developing their imaginations and applying themselves academically. Earlier this season, Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and Collins visited Oakland’s Sankofa Academy on September 16 to encourage students to begin the new school year on a positive note by reading every day and completing their reading requirements.
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