BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hot off a win in their home opener, the Ravens are rolling through town in a bookmobile.
As the season gets underway, the team is urging some of its youngest fans to hit the books. The team unveiled its first-ever Bookmobile at Abbottston Elementary School Monday.
The rolling library is fully-funded by the Ravens Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to helping Baltimore children with housing, hunger and education needs, and will be owned and operated by the Maryland Book Bank, which is a nonprofit organization that distributes free children’s books to students, teachers, schools and organizations throughout the state.
“We distribute 150,000 books every year to schools, teachers and organizations,” says Mark Feiring, Maryland Book Bank’s executive director. “…we allow children to actually choose the books that they want to they are more interested and apt to read.
Joe Flacco was joined at the event by Dick Cass, Brandon Williams and Steve Smith Sr.
“As a parent you always look at and want your kids to focus on academics more than sports, so this is a great opportunity and you have to just put yourself out there” Smith said.
More proof of the Ravens’ commitment to literacy: The team’s new children’s book entitled “Poe’s Road Trip to Ravens Gameday,” which follows the team mascot’s journey throughout the week as he visits Maryland landmarks leading up to gameday.