On November 19th, 2009, City Year Milwaukee partnered with Sam’s Hope Literacy Foundation and the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team to help give over a thousand children their very own brand new book! Students from all over Milwaukee came to the Milwaukee Art Museum to celebrate art, reading, and their favorite team, the Bucks! Upon arrival at the museum, the students took a guided tour of the museum with staff and Bucks mascot, Bango. Then, they broke into smaller groups throughout the museum gallery spaces and read with the players and coaches. After the small group reading sessions, everyone congregated in the main lobby where the team was announced and the students all got the opportunity to take a pledge in several different languages, as taught by Bucks players. The pledge was to “Read Every Day!”
City Year played a “behind the scenes” role for this event. Two days prior, Corps Members and staff in Milwaukee stood before thousands of books that needed to be sorted by quality, reading level, and school. After much team work, singing, laughing, and 7 hours, the books were all sorted and ready to be given to the students in Milwaukee! All that was left to do was watch the joy and excitement on the faces of the children.