United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the Mott Elementary School to celebrate its latest Reading Oasis location. The ceremony will be followed by a day of reading by guest readers.

Elementary school girls attending a reading event for United Way

A Reading Oasis is a safe, inviting location in a school where families can enjoy reading together, learn how to make reading a habit at home and gain access to books year-round. Every Reading Oasis includes more than 500 new books, beanbag chairs and other kid-friendly furniture; colorful carpet, a listening library, and literacy-themed artwork. UWGMC has been able to create the Reading Oasis through the generous support of the Trenton Thunder to foster student achievement and further youth and family success.

“The Trenton Thunder are excited to team up with United Way and Mott Elementary School to open the Reading Oasis. The Thunder promotes reading through different assemblies within Elementary Schools around the community and this is another way to give students a chance to experience how much fun reading can be,” said Jeff Hurley, COO/General Manager, Trenton Thunder.

United Way of Greater Mercer County connects people with resources propelling individuals and families to reach their fullest potential creating a thriving community. For more information please visit, www.uwgmc.org

The Thunder, Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, play in the 12 team Eastern League. The Thunder have drawn over nine million fans to ARM & HAMMER Park over 25 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the “Nation’s Best Franchise” (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003) and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998, given by Baseball America). The team has given back over $7.1 million worth of goods, services and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at trentonthunder.com, facebook.com/trentonthunder, twitter.com/trentonthunder and on youtube.com/AATrentonThunder.

The 2019 season will begin in Erie on Friday, April 5 at UPMC Park. Opening Night at ARM & HAMMER Park will take place on Friday, April 12 against the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox).