Boston Celtics and Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today launched a new library experience at
the Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, Mass. The facility features new
technology and educational resources, as well as a completely
refurbished, flexible space designed to meet the unique needs of the
Ellis Elementary community. Ellis educators worked with HMH, the Celtics
and other Boston education innovators to create a comprehensive space
for reading and developing new digital literacy and research skills for
the 21st century student.
The redesigned library features a computer lab, smart TV, mobile
technology, a comfortable reading corner and inspiring, fun wall art.
HMH has also donated nearly 500 books to the library, including popular
titles in the Curious George, Gossie & Friends and George
and Martha series.
Celtics Guard Jerryd Bayless and representatives from HMH revealed the
refurbished facility during an afternoon celebration with Ellis students
that included reading activities and an online scavenger hunt designed
to spark curiosity and support developing technology skills.
"It's a great feeling to be able provide these kids with the space they
need to inspire curiosity," said Bayless. "As a newcomer to the Celtics
and Boston, I'm glad I was able to be a part of this and give back to
Plans for the library were developed during an innovative "visioning
session" facilitated by Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer and EVP,
Corporate Affairs at HMH, and education technology experts and thought
leaders from the Celtics, Boston Children's Museum, Harvard Graduate
School of Education and Samsung. The dialogue identified five "critical
success factors" to guide the redesign project in meeting priorities for
Ellis educators, students and families. These key benchmarks were: to
create a safe, comfortable and welcoming retreat, to include
appropriate, innovative technologies, to incorporate multicultural
content and bilingual resources, to create hands-on learning
opportunities, and to build a flexible design to facilitate multiple
uses for the space.
"HMH is passionate about removing barriers to learning and extending
access to quality content and resources to all, and we are honored to be
able to do so alongside the Celtics," said Mary Cullinane. "The
visioning session gave us the opportunity to reflect on the motivations,
inspirations and challenges facing the Ellis education community in
order to address its key needs and make a positive impact."
HMH's collaboration with the Boston Celtics is just one part of a
dedicated corporate citizenship effort at HMH, which includes additional
partnerships, employee volunteerism programs, a multimillion dollar
annual book donation program, employee/company gift-matching and
Community Investment Councils - location-based employee committees
charged with creating opportunities for colleagues to have a positive
impact on the community.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission
of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners.
Among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions and
one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines
cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation
to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy
and education challenges. HMH's interactive, results-driven education
solutions are utilized by 50 million students in over 150 countries, and
its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and
reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more
information, visit www.hmhco.com.
About The Boston Celtics
A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved
into the National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics
have won a record 17 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row
from 1959-1966, winning their first title in 1957 and their most recent
in 2008. The Celtics have long stood for equality, and respect,
including hiring the first African American Coach and starting the first
all black starting five. In addition, 35 former Celtics players,
management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2002 the team returned to local
ownership for the first time since 1963. For more information on the
Celtics, log on to www.celtics.com.
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