It’s an important team effort.
Astros catcher Jason Castro and his wife, Maris, are hosting the Castro’s Kids Book Drive on Saturday and Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Fans have been asked to donate new or gently used, age-appropriate books for children K-12 at the gates. Those who do donate will be entered into a raffle to win Astros autographed memorabilia, courtesy of the Castros. The couple will contribute additional books and plans to deliver all the donations to select public schools in the Houston Independent School District.
Last month, Jason and Maris Castro, who both attended Stanford University, were excited to kick off Castro’s Kids, their multifaceted initiative which provides incentives and encourages students to embrace literacy.
“The main reason why I decided to go this route and focus on education is because it played such a big part in mine and my wife’s lives and has really been a major impact as to why we are where we are today,” Castro said. “We met in college, and if it wasn’t for the opportunities we had, we wouldn’t have met, so we owe a lot to education and realize how important it is and we just want to provide Houston community and the school district with as many resources as possible.”
Those not attending the games this weekend can still drop off book donations in the Union Station lobby of Minute Maid Park starting Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In addition, Castro’s Kids has partnered with Better World Books and will be giving 5,600 books to three schools in the district to support their summer reading programs. Twenty-five students from the school with the highest increase in summer reading participation will win an all-expenses paid trip to an Astros game as well as other Astros memorabilia.
The Castros will also donate funds to HISD’s “Name That Book” contest, which will be matched by a donation from the Major League Baseball Players Association.
In honor of the book drive, Castro reflects on the book that really sparked his interest in reading.