Over 28,000 Free Books
Milwaukee Bucks players and twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez have partnered with the Milwaukee Bucks and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County to host 17 Scholastic book fairs at elementary schools across Milwaukee and Waukesha. The Lopez brothers recently met up at Auer Avenue Elementary School in Milwaukee to read to the students, which eventually led to a book fair.
At each school, students will receive five new books, bookmarks, and custom nameplates for their new books. The funding provided by the Lopez brothers will allow more than 5,700 students across the 17 schools to receive more than 28,500 books.
“Access is the biggest thing. If the opportunity is there to pick up a book and read it, it’s mostly likely that the kids going to do that. It’s just a matter of being able to get that book, so giving these kids a chance to come out, pick something they like….giving them that opportunity is giving them a chance to discover that love [of reading],” Brook said to Carvd N Stone (CNS).
The Lopez brothers will appear at three local schools for their book fairs throughout the rest of the season, with the first visit being Auer. During each visit, the Lopez brothers will read with students and help them pick out their new books.
While at Auer, Robin read “Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock!” and Brook read “I Don’t Want to Be Big”.
A Love for Reading from Loved Ones
While speaking to CNS, Brook said he and his brother’s love for reading was gifted to them by their mother and grandmother.
“We fell in love with reading. It’s something we always did as a hobby whenever we could at school, at home, on trips growing up. And it’s something we still do to this day,” said Brook.
Brook said he and his brother were waiting for an opportunity such as this one to continue their impact in the city.
“When we got the opportunity to try to find a way to give to the community, the obvious choice was to give our love of reading, something we got from someone we love, to give it to the community we love.”– Brook Lopez
Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.