While the Toronto Raptors elected to sit their All-Star to get him rest in the second-last regular season game of the year, DeMar DeRozan had an important post-game commitment that he wasn’t going to miss. After cheering on his teammates from the bench during a 110-100 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, DeRozan had some very important people waiting to speak with him.
After finishing up media obligations and once again thanking Raptors fans for their support over the course of the season and through the ups and downs of his five seasons with the team, DeRozan made his way back out to Air Canada Centre court. Joining DeRozan for Monday’s game was the Grade 5 class from St. Jane Frances Catholic School. Judy Cammarota’s class won the DeMar DeRozan All-Star Book Program challenge by reading 10 books published by Random House Children’s Books, Tundra Books, Doubleday Canada and Candlewick Press and completing book reports on each of the 10 selected titles.
For being named the winning class, St. Jane Frances Catholic School’s Grade 5 class was DeRozan’s guest for Monday’s game and also had a meet and greet with DeRozan and fiancée Kiara Morrison after the game. Being program participants also means each student received new books so they can continue reading in the months to come.
“This is an incredible program to improve children’s literacy skills,” Judy Cammarota said. “I have witnessed firsthand not only an improvement in my students’ reading and writing skills, but also an increase in their motivation to read. My students’ confidence in reading has grown tremendously. This is an amazing program!”
During a recent Klipsch Audio Twitter chat, DeRozan mentioning his book club and helping out kids in Toronto as one of the things he’s most proud of. As a result of the DeMar DeRozan All-Star Book Club partnering with First Book Canada, Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and the BIGA Picture, more than 2500 new books have been given to children who would not otherwise have access to them.
In addition to St. Jane Frances Catholic School, nine other schools in the GTA participated in the reading challenge.
After their meet and greet, DeRozan and Morrison posed for photos with the winning class.
For more information on the DeMar DeRozan All-Star Book Club program and the books selected in this challenge click here.