On Tuesday June 11, the Rangers and Garden of Dreams unveiled a brand new reading center at WHEDco. The reading center called the “KIA Reading Center” was made possible through the funding of MSG and Rangers partner KIA’s community initiatives. The Rangers and KIA worked to redesign a space at WHEDco specific for reading with a large inventory of books, two computers and private space for the children of WHEDco to read.
“Education is core to what WHEDco stands for and we cannot thank KIA, the Rangers or Garden of Dreams enough for thinking of us and investing in the future of our children and our community with the establishment of this reading center”, said WHEDco Executive Vice President Davon Russell.
Rangers alumnus Ron Greschner was on hand for the assembly held during school day. The assembly announced the exciting new project and celebrated KIA’s contribution to Garden of Dreams and WHEDco. The 300 children who attended the assembly were treated to Rangers giveaway items and a t-shirt toss from the 7th Avenue Squad.
Following the assembly, Greschner and KIA representative Luke Kim joined 10 children in the KIA Reading Center for the ribbon cutting and a special reading of the children’s book “’R’ is for Rangers”. After reading the book, Greschner and Kim provided the kids Rangers gift bags and the kids headed home for the day.
“I have had the pleasure of coming to WHEDco with the Power Players program and seeing the energy and excitement from the kids as they learn hockey. It makes me proud of what the Rangers do in the community,” said Ron Greschner. “Today is no different, it is an honor to be a part of this project that will provide necessary books, computers and materials to the children served by WHEDco.”
WHEDco is one of Garden of Dreams 22 partner organizations. WHEDco works with families in the Bronx who struggle with the multiple challenges presented by poverty, and who, like all of us, aspire to a healthy, financially stable future. WHEDco offers interconnected, innovative, and high quality solutions –- including the building of healthy, affordable homes -– and because of this, the Bronx is a more beautiful, more equitable, and more economically vibrant place to live and raise a family.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Through ongoing programs that use the magic of MSG – including the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse – the Foundation develops strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 225,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. For more information, visit gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.
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