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Sharks Foundation Invests $25,000 to Support the 'Bring Me A Book' Elementary School Library Initiative

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Commemorate Sharks Foundation Funding of

Literacy Programs in Franklin McKinley School District

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Sharks Foundation in conjuncture with Bring Me A Book (BMAB) and Franklin McKinley School District will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to celebrate the expansion of the San Jose Elementary School Library Initiative in Franklin McKinley School District. Five Bookcase Libraries will be presented to the 1st grade classrooms of Franklin Elementary School in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the presentation, San Jose Sharks players Jason Demers, Derek Joslin, Mike Moore and Frazer McLaren and foundation staff members will read to the students.

The installation of the Bookcase Libraries is being provided through a $25,000 grant to BMAB from the Sharks Foundation, which is providing 20 Bookcase Libraries in 5 Franklin McKinley elementary schools in 2010. Each BMAB Bookcase Library features an open display bookcase filled with 30 new, hardcover, multicultural and age appropriate children’s books. In addition to the new bookcases, the funding will provide First Teachers literacy workshops at each of the five schools to educate and inspire parents to read aloud with their children every day.

“The Sharks Foundation is proud to partner with BMAB to promote student literacy in our community,” Sharks Foundation representative Jeff Cafuir said. “With over 23,000 students, Reading is Cool is the Sharks Foundation’s biggest program and BMAB’s Bookcase Libraries initiative is a natural fit.”

The $25,000 investment from the San Jose Sharks Foundation will continue the expansion of the San Jose Elementary School Library Initiative, which was first launched in 2005, to Franklin McKinley School District. With earlier funding investments from the Applied Materials Foundation, Cisco Systems, Junior League of San Jose, The Summit League, and Yahoo, BMAB has placed a Bookcase Library in every kindergarten classroom in Alum Rock Unified School District, Luther Burbank School District, and San Jose Unified School District. To date, investment funding has provided 220 Bookcase Libraries in 27 elementary schools and 80 First Teachers workshops to parents and caregivers of the children enrolled in these school sites.

“The installation of the Bookcase Libraries through a generous grant from the Sharks Foundation supports the District’s initiative to encourage every student to read 25 books or more each year,” said Dr. John Porter, Superintendent, Franklin McKinley School District. ”As part of the Bring Me A Book Elementary School Library Initiative, this has helped us in making this expectation a reality for all of our students.”

In 2010 BMAB provided all kindergarten classrooms in each of Franklin McKinley School District’s 14 elementary schools with a Bookcase Library and a First Teachers workshop for parents and caregivers of students. With the Sharks Foundation funding, BMAB is able to extend the program to 20 first grade classrooms in 5 of Franklin McKinley School District’s highest need schools.

“Study after study proves that children who have early exposure to reading and books, and who are read aloud to on a daily basis, do better in school,” said Terri Clark, Executive Director, Bring Me A Book. “The key is access to books; and Bring Me A Book is serving over 450,000 children and parents at 1,700 sites throughout California to provide easy access to the best children’s books and to inspire parents, caregivers and teachers to read aloud to children for future success in school and life.”


The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Although the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation support a variety of community programs on various levels, we feel that the key to the long-term well-being of our community is our youth.

The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.

To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated over $4.1 million to more than 85 local beneficiaries. During the 2009-10 season, its contribution to local youth programs and organizations totaled $256,898 through monetary grants. In addition to the original grant program, the Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events.

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Bring Me A Book is a 501 (c) (3) award winning literacy non-profit headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Bring Me A Book provides easy access to the best children’s books and inspires reading aloud. Bring Me A Book places libraries of books in state funded preschools, elementary schools (K – 3rd grade) and community centers and provides a First Teachers literacy training workshop for parents, teachers and caregivers.

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