NBA Player, Tacoma Native Isaiah Thomas Giving Books, Encouraging Summer Reading for Local Students

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Boze Elementary School students ask NBA player Isaiah Thomas to autograph the new books they just received through World Vision. PHOTO: World Vision/Laura Reinhardt
Boze Elementary School students ask NBA player Isaiah Thomas to autograph the new books they just received through World Vision. PHOTO: World Vision/Laura Reinhardt

NBA player, Tacoma native Isaiah Thomas giving books, encouraging summer reading for local students

Tacoma, WA (May 27, 2014) — World Vision, First Books, and Tacoma Metro Parks have teamed up with Tacoma native, Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings to bring new books to students at Boze Elementary School in Tacoma this Friday.

“Many of these students don’t have easy access to books, particularly over the summer,” said Reed Slattery, site manager with World Vision’s U.S. Programs division. “Providing them with fun reading materials – and some encouragement from a local hero – really helps keep them keep a bit of academic focus, even over the summer break.”

Thomas, who attended Curtis High School and the University of Washington before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, will visit Boze classrooms and distribute books to each of the 500 students there, encouraging them to continue reading over the summer break.

Thomas is available for media interviews during the afternoon.

Media Availability:

WHO: Tacoma native and NBA player Isaiah Thomas

WHAT: Will distribute books to school children in Tacoma, in partnership with World Vision and First Books

WHEN: Friday, May 30 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Boze Elementary School, 1140 E. 65th Street, Tacoma

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Amy Parodi.

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Highlights

  • Thomas partnering with World Vision and First Books to provide summer reading materials
  • All 500 students and Boze Elementary school will receive books
  • Thomas visiting classrooms, available for media interviews