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Pistons' Guard Reggie Jackson Gives Back to Local School Through Latest 'Literacy Lounge'
Posted By:  Austin Alley
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

DETROIT (MARCH 19, 2019) – On Tuesday morning, March 19, Detroit Pistons Point Guard Reggie Jackson paid the students at Gardner Elementary School an hour-long visit to unveil his newest ‘Reggie’s Literacy Lounge’ reading room. The signature community outreach program of Jackson’s DETermined to Assist Foundation, Reggie’s Literacy Lounges are sports-themed reading oases built within Title I elementary schools that provide students with access to hundreds of age-appropriate books. The Literacy Lounge opened on Tuesday features comfortable beanbag chairs, extensive shelving and more than 600 brand-new books.
Students at Gardner Elementary enthusiastically greeted Jackson with a high-five line as he entered the Literacy Lounge, indicating their excitement to have a local sports icon visiting their school. Jackson reciprocated the excitement by spending the morning reading one of his favorite children’s books to the students in attendance. He and Kirby Gwen of 97.9 WJLB, who served as the program’s emcee, also spoke at length about the importance of literacy and education.
“From a young age, I was encouraged to read by my brother, and it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given,” said Jackson during the room’s unveiling. “I want to help give these kids the gift of knowledge because that is one gift that no one can take away from you."
The Gardner Elementary Literacy Lounge was sponsored by The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Debra Schultz, General Manager of The Westin Book, joined Jackson, Principal Shannon Cummings and Assistant Principal LaTeresa Hurley for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, officially opening the Literacy Lounge. All 259 students presently enrolled at Gardner Elementary will have access to the fully-stocked bookshelves, which feature books that appeal to all ages, interests, and reading capabilities.

Tuesday’s unveiling marks the eighth Literacy Lounge to be launched by Jackson and his DETermined to Assist Foundation in the Detroit area since 2017. The eight Lounges have combined to enrich the academic experience of more than 9,000 DPS students, helping to foster a love of reading at a key a time in these students' development.
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The mission of Reggie Jackson's Determined to Assist Foundation is to impact in the lives of low-income children in Detroit by providing them with educational opportunities and resources that they otherwise would not have.
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