Jason Castro, wife to hold book drive at Minute Maid Park

Jason Castro, wife to hold book drive at Minute Maid Park
June 24, 2013, 1:15 pm
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It’s important to Jason Castro to promote literacy.

At this weekend’s homestand versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Astros catcher and his wife, Maris, will host the Castro’s Kids Book Drive to benefit the Houston Independent School District.

On Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, fans are asked to donate new or gently used, age-appropriate books for children K-12 at the gates of Minute Maid Park. 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 HISD public schools.

Last month, Jason and Maris Castro, who both attended Stanford University, kicked off Castro’s Kids, their multifaceted initiative which provides incentives and encourages students to embrace literacy.

“Maris and I couldn’t be more dedicated and excited to launch Castro’s Kids,” Jason said. “We attribute not only meeting each other, but many of the opportunities we have been given throughout our lives, to education. By promoting literacy in the Houston school districts, we hope to make an impact in the area that we are proud to call our home.”

Those not attending the games the weekend of the drive can still drop off book donations in the Union Station lobby of Minute Maid Park starting Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28 from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

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.