Astros Player Hosts Weekend Book Drive Benefitting HISD

Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro and his wife, Maris, are holding a book drive at Minute Maid Park this weekend to benefit HISD students. The couple runs Castro’s Kids, which encourages children to embrace literacy.

Fans attending games against the LA Angels of Anaheim on Sat., June 29, 2013, and Sun., June 30, may donate new or gently used books for grades kindergarten through 12 at the gate. Anyone who donates will be entered into a raffle for autographed Astros memorabilia.

Even if you’re not going to one of the games, you can still make a donation in the Union Station lobby of Minute Maid Park from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Fri., June 28.

The Castros will also donate books and deliver them to selected HISD schools. The couple has already lent their support to HISD’s “Name That Book” contest, which increases students’ interest in reading and introduces them to books in a variety of genres.

Earlier this year, Castro’s Kids partnered with Better World Books to donate 5,600 books to three HISD schools to support the Millionaire Club, a summer reading program. Twenty-five students from the school with the highest increase in summer reading participation will win an all-expense-paid trip to an Astros game and team memorabilia.