It’s back-to-school season, and Stephen Curry has backed an initiative to help Bay Area students gear up for it.
The NBA superstar’s Eat. Learn. Play foundation partnered with Rakuten — a leading shopping platform that offers Cash Back, deals and rewards — to re-open Garfield Elementary School’s library, which has been closed for over ten years, according to a press release shared with AfroTech.
Access To Books
Thanks to the partnership, the elementary school students will now have access to hundreds of books featuring underrepresented stories and authors. The new library is set to open in the fall.
.@garfieldoakland was w/o their library for more than 10 yrs… proud to work with @rakuten and @eatlearnplay to provide all the supplies they need to open their library this fall!! @Rakuten helping w/ Back to School shopping and in The Town doing good. You LOVE to see it!! 📚✏️ pic.twitter.com/V8jMmx6uiM
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 17, 2022
“We have been working toward a new library for more than 10 years and are beyond grateful for the generous support and donation from Rakuten, Stephen Curry and Eat. Learn. Play. We are thrilled that it will take this project over the finish line for our students,” said Garfield Elementary School principal Edgar Rodriguez-Ramirez, according to the press release. “This new library will provide our students access to culturally diverse books that tell untold stories of our community and will be a safe space for our kids to continue to foster their love of reading and explore their creativity.”
Rakuten CMO Dana Marineau shares a statement on the re-opening:
“There is nothing more rewarding than investing in the potential of the next generation. Stephen and Rakuten share a commitment to sparking joy and optimism in our communities,” said Marineau. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Stephen and Eat. Learn. Play. by supporting Garfield Elementary’s incredible commitment to making reading fun and accessible for its students.”
Stephen Curry's Back To School List
Having a full house of children himself, Curry also put together a list of his back-to-school essentials for parents to check off for their own children.
The items are available on Rakuten for Cash Back rewards.