Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Photos from the Bulls' green reading event

As we reported here earlier the Chicago Bulls' green reading event took place last Friday, with the Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas who hosted the opening of the Green Reading & Technology Center at Pope John Paul II Catholic School. And today we have the photos!!

Firstly, here's the details from the Bulls' website: Thomas, along with Bob Love and Benny the Bull, was on hand for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome a group of students to the newly renovated space which was constructed entirely with environmentally friendly and energy efficient materials.

During the past months, the Bulls completed a “Green Extreme Makeover” by renovating an existing room in the school to provide a newly furnished, painted and fully-equipped area for students to learn.

In keeping with the “green” theme, the room is equipped with 100 percent recyclable carpet, low-emitting paint, energy efficient light bulbs and computers, recycling bins, books that are made from recycled paper and eco-friendly signage with tips on global awareness.

To celebrate the opening, Thomas read out loud from the book “Planet Earth Gets Well.” The Bulls donated 100 copies of the book to the school and partner with Eco-Libris, a green business that works to balance out the paper used for books by planting trees. In honor of the donation, Eco-Libris will plant 100 trees.

The Bulls, Rush University Medical Center and ComEd coordinated the event as part of the Bulls’ ongoing Read To Achieve program, which inspires literacy among Chicago’s youth. As part of its annual commitment, the Bulls host Reading Time Outs with local children, distribute more than 5,000 new books, and build Reading and Learning rooms at Chicago youth facilities. Rush University Medical Center and ComEd are partners of the program.

Kudos to the Bulls for this wonderful event and here are some photos from the Bulls' website and are courtesy of the team:

Raz @ Eco-Libris