Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gives back to community with new reading room

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City Thunder star spent his morning giving back to the community.

Russell Westbrook opened his 10th 'Russell's Reading Room' and announced the opening of 10 additional reading rooms.

After opening nine reading rooms in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, Westbrook opened his 10th reading room on Tuesday at John Adams Elementary School in Oklahoma City.

"Literacy is very important to me, and my foundation and what I believe in, and I think, you know, it starts young," Westbrook said.

The 'Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation,' in partnership with Scholastic, is sponsoring school-wide book fairs at each school that receives a Russell Westbrook's Reading Room.

Every student will be able to pick out a book to take home.

"I think kids, once they get a room or something like this, feel excited about it, something new, new books, getting to take the books home and share with their family," Westbrook said.

That's why he said he enjoys not just cutting the ribbon, but sticking around to help the kids pick out a book.

"They were so excited. Their hearts were beating so fast. You could already see the expectation surpassed on their faces. I think that's something they're not going to easily forget about," said Juiana Gutierrez with Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Westbrook said one of his main goals with the initiative is helping kids find ways to get excited about reading.

"That's the most important part, especially on days like this, to make sure they understand how important it is to move forward in whatever it is they want to do in life," Westbrook said.

Reading rooms will also be opening at Arthur Elementary, Bodine Elementary, Britton Elementary, Edgemere Elementary, Green Pastures Elementary, Gatewood Elementary, Greystone Elementary, Oakridge Elementary and Pierce Elementary Schools.


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